Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins


Serves 4
This storecupboard grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Team with bacon and veggies in this risotto-like stew

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal589
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs73g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre8g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.8g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 leeks, thickly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300g pearl barley
  • 4 carrots, cubed



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, plus extra to serve
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 300g Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 200g lean bacon joint, cooked, chopped into small pieces



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…


  1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat. Add the olive oil and cook the leeks for a few mins, then add the garlic and cook for just 1 min more.

  2. Add the pearl barley, carrots and mustard, then pour over the chicken stock. Season with plenty of ground black pepper and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the cabbage with the bacon, and cook for 5-10 mins until cabbage is wilted and tender. Serve with extra Dijon mustard on the side.

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vikingpurplepenguin's picture
29th Sep, 2014
Really tasty, but check the cooking time on your pearl barley as mine stated 45-60 mins and thus took a lot longer, and much more liquid than stated in this recipe. I also just made it with a pack of normal bacon rather than a joint, and kale rather than cabbage as that's what I had in. My husband has recently given in to his lactose intolerance and really liked how 'creamy' this turned out. Froze half to eat another time.
7th Feb, 2014
I don't understand how this recipe is calculated to 589 calories per portion (serves 4). I did a rough calculation and can't understand how it can be more than about 350 calories per portion. Can someone enlighten me?
16th Jan, 2015
I agree there seems to be fewer calories but my my detailed calculations I'm getting a little over 500 per portion.... the difference may be in the degree of fat on the bacon joint and in the chicken stock?


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