Ingredients

How to make it

  • Place the barley, 1-1/2 cups of the water and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for about 40 minutes until all or most of the water is absorbed and the barley is cooked. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, preferably nonstick pot.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion just begins to wilt (about 3 minutes.)
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir to mix it in thoroughly.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes until the flour is a tan color (approximately the color of peanut butter), taking care not to let the flour burn.
  • Add the remaining 4 cups of water, remaining teaspoon of salt, wine, soy sauce, paprika, thyme, cumin, and cayenne.
  • Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots and return to a simmer. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli and green beans and cook for another 7 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes more. If the sauce thickens up too much at any point, simply add more water and adjust the seasonings accordingly.
  • Finally, add the spinach and barley and cook until the spinach wilts and the barley heats through.
  • Serve warm.

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    " It was excellent "
    mark555 ate it and said...
    Wonderful, now just let it snow so I can enjoy this one.
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    " It was excellent "
    ravenseyes ate it and said...
    Noir I made this last night - what a great number of flavors - the office gets to share the leftovers today - I have to say this is a 5*****
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    " It was excellent "
    pink ate it and said...
    Time to have some veggies! *smile*
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  • jenniferbyrdez 6 years ago
    There's that pearl barley again, maybe Grandma knew what she was doing, huh? Thanks Noir.
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    " It was excellent "
    ravenseyes ate it and said...
    Printed this out just now and its on the dinner menu for tonight!! can't wait to taste it!!!
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  • zena824 6 years ago
    This sounds delicious... my mom always said we were gypsys...of the Irish blend...LOL
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  • wynnebaer 6 years ago
    Gotta make this...Thanks.....:)
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  • jeannej 6 years ago
    sounds great on a cold winter night! thanks
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  • coffeebean53 6 years ago
    Wonderful recipe. I've got it bookmarked. Thanks for a great post. :)
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