Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 cup each


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 4 ounce uncooked bulk turkey Italian sausage or smoked turkey Italian sausage link, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 3 cup sliced fresh button mushrooms (8 ounces)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cup cooked barley*

  • 1 ½ cup no-salt-added tomato pasta sauce

  • 1 ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)

  • ½ cup bottled roasted red sweet pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup pitted green olives, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil

  • ½ cup red and/or yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350°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.


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 (per serving)

346 Calories
13g Fat
40g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 346
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 65mg 325%
Calcium 363.5mg 28%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 481mg 10%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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