Spinach and mushroom pearl barley risotto

Easy pearl barley recipes

Make the most of pearl barley with our easy recipes, from a hearty soup to a warming risotto filled with seasonal veg, or a filling family traybake

Looking for pearl barley recipes? Want the best warming risotto recipes? Make the most of this versatile grain with soups, stews and top traybakes the whole family will enjoy. 


Try our recipe ideas below and check out our favourite easy soup recipes for even more filling meal inspiration. We’ve also got plenty more grain-based dishes to try with these quinoa recipescouscous recipes and bulgar wheat recipes.

Easy pearl barley recipes

Spinach and mushroom pearl barley risotto

A new recipe for risotto that you will love. Use pearl barley instead of rice, with mushrooms and spinach, it makes an easy but filling meal for one.

Big soup

Make this all-in-one soup for a midweek winter warmer. It’s packed full of nutritious veg, lentils, pearl barley and salty lardons for a bowlful of comfort food.

Oven-baked pearl barley pilaf with chicken and mushrooms

Often made with basmati rice, this easy, filling meal is one of the most popular weeknight dinners in Romania. It’s easy to make and packed with a mix of Turkish and Mediterranean flavours.

Roasted red pepper and pearl barley with barbecued prawns

Check out our recipe for juicy bbq prawns, smooth roasted red pepper dressing and a pearl barley salad. These prawns are marinated in lime, garlic and chilli, to give them a punchy flavour. This dish is easy to make and low in calories, a great summertime meal.

Easy turkey soup

Use up leftovers in this nourishing winter soup, packed with carrots, celery and pearl barley. Serve with buttered crusty bread for dunking.

Tuscan bean and barley stew

This recipe for Tuscan bean and barley stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick midweek meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves four and is under 200 calories. Use whatever leafy greens you have around.

Bacon, barley and leek soup

Check out this hearty bacon, barley and leek soup. This simple yet warming soup is low in calories and easy to make. A great rejuvenating recipe.

Courgette, pea and artichoke barley risotto

This vegetarian courgette, pea and artichoke risotto makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent, but is under 300 calories. Pearl barley is a healthier, higher fibre alternative to normal risotto rice.

Sea bream with barley and leeks

Pan-fried sea bream served with pearl barley and leeks, with a splash of white wine and chopped sundried tomatoes, makes a hearty midweek meal that’s still healthy and low in calories. A nutritious and delicious midweek meal for two.

Warm roast veg, lentil and barley salad

Boost your five-a-day with this vegetarian recipe. Made with lentils and pearl barley, it’s filling, fast and easy, making it just right for after work. Plus, it serves four, or two with leftovers for a packed lunch.