Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

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Makes:
4 servings
Yields:
about 1 cup each
Prep:
45 mins
Bake:
40 mins 350°
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Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
4
ounces uncooked bulk turkey Italian sausage or smoked turkey Italian sausage link, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
3
cups sliced fresh button mushrooms (8 ounces)
1/2
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2
cloves garlic, minced
2
cups cooked barley*
1 1/2
cups no-salt-added tomato pasta sauce
1 1/2
cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
1/2
cup bottled roasted red sweet pepper, chopped
1/4
cup pitted green olives, chopped
2
tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1/2
cup red and/or yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat four 12- to 14-ounce individual casseroles with cooking spray; set aside. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until bulk sausage (if using) is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, using a wooden spoon to break up bulk sausage as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  2. Stir barley, pasta sauce, 1 cup of the cheese, the roasted pepper, olives, and 1 tablespoon of the basil into sausage mixture. Divide mixture among the prepared casseroles. Cover with foil.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top casseroles with tomatoes and the remaining 1 tablespoon basil.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:

For 2 cups cooked quick-cooking barley, in a medium saucepan bring 1 1/3 cups water to boiling; stir in 3/4 cup quick-cooking barley. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until barley is tender; drain. For 2 cups cooked regular barley, prepare as directed, except use 2 cups water and 1/2 cup regular barley; simmer, covered, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

(Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole)
    Per serving:
  • 346 kcal cal.,
  • 13 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 42 mg chol.,
  • 704 mg sodium,
  • 40 g carb.,
  • 7 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 20 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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