This is the vegetarian (or vegan, depending on the wine you use) version of my classic Turkey Bean Pot-au-feu! It has all those wonderful Provençal flavors of red wine, garlic, onion, tomato, carrots, cannelini beans and herbes de Provence (of course!), but I use barley instead! My goodness….yum… it fills my kitchen with those wonderful aromas when I make it, much to the delight of my family and guests!
I make it for you in my own kitchen in this cooking class video here!
Mediterranean Barley Stew
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup hulled barley dry
- 1 cup red wine chianti preferably
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes marinated in olive oil drained
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes with their juice (no added sugar)
- 2 cups baby carrots whole
- 1 Tbsp herbes de provence
- 2 bay bay leaves
- 3/4 tsp coarse salt
- 2 15.5 oz cans cannelini beans, well rinsed and drained
- Fresh sprigs of thyme to taste optional
- up to 1 cup water as needed (see instructions)
- Heat olive oil in a large shallow pan and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes.
- Add the dry barley to the pan and stir to coat well with the olive oil.
- Add the red wine and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add the drained sundried tomatoes, canned diced tomatoes (with their juice), baby carrots, herbes de Provence, bay leaves and salt to the pan and continue to simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
- You may have to add up to 1 cup of water if needed (you'll have to be the judge of that, so pour it slowly, a little at a time, don't worry, you'll know!).
- Add the drained canned beans, gently stir and continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
- Serve with fresh thyme over cooked farro or quinoa.