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

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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