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Barley Stew Recipe with Caramelized Onions, White Beans & Spinach

This comforting vegetarian barley stew recipe, filled with spinach and caramelized onions, packs a punch of flavor for a Meatless Monday meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 261kcal



  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until softened, about 15 minutes.
  • Add ¼ cup water, cover the pan and cook until the onions are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and cook for additional 30 seconds.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add the barley and vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pan and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the barley is almost tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Stir in the cannellini beans, cover and cook for additional 10 minutes, or until the barley is tender.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. If the stew is too thick, add some vegetable broth to thin it. Serve.


Weight Watchers Points: 7 (SmartPoints), 6 (Points+), 5 (Old Points)


Serving: 1Serving (1/6 of Stew) | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.1g | Protein: 10.3g | Fat: 2.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 610.5mg | Potassium: 673.3mg | Fiber: 10.8g | Sugar: 5.9g