Hearty Beef and Barley Pilaf: A Nutritious Blend of Grains and Protein

Hearty Beef and Barley Pilaf: A Nutritious Blend of Grains and Protein

This comforting and wholesome dish combines tender beef with the nutty flavor of barley and the freshness of vibrant green peas. The result is a rich, satisfying meal that’s perfect for family dinners or meal prep. Both flavorful and nutritious, this Hearty Beef and Barley Pilaf is sure to become a go-to recipe in your household.


For the beef:
– 1 lb (450g) beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 medium onion, finely chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 tsp ground black pepper
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 4 cups beef broth

For the pilaf:
– 1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
– 1 cup frozen green peas
– 2 carrots, diced
– 1 bell pepper, chopped
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)


1. Prepare the beef:
1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add the beef stew meat and brown on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
4. Season with ground black pepper, salt, ground cumin, and paprika. Stir to combine the spices with the beef and onions.
5. Pour in the beef broth, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the beef is tender.

2. Prepare the pilaf:
1. While the beef is cooking, rinse the pearl barley under cold water.
2. After the beef has simmered for 1 hour, add the barley to the pot.
3. Stir in the diced carrots and chopped bell pepper.
4. Season with salt and black pepper.
5. Cover the pot again and let it simmer on low heat for another 45 minutes, or until the barley is tender and has absorbed much of the broth.
6. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen green peas and stir to combine.

3. Serve:
1. Once the barley is cooked and the vegetables are tender, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
2. Serve the pilaf hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Enjoy this flavorful and well-rounded Hearty Beef and Barley Pilaf as a main course, appreciating the combination of rich beef and nutritious grains with every bite.