Mushroom Barley Quiche

10 Mar

Versatile Quiche

I frequently cook based on which ingredients in my refrigerator have reached the tipping point and need to be used immediately or risk being thrown out. Hence, the birth of this recipe was the impending demise of some baby bella mushrooms that were on the edge. At the time, I was also investigating different grains and ways to incorporate more of them into my diet.

Mushroom and barley pair well together and are frequently seen cohabitating in soups and stews. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for online so I morphed this recipe off my favorite quiche recipe in an attempt to springboard off this pairing. I was so pleased with the results I almost couldn’t stand myself. The Swiss cheese adds just the right note of sharpness to balance out this dish.


  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup package frozen chopped spinach – thawed
  • 1/4 cup diced red, yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced baby bella or other mushrooms
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp ground pepper (I prefer white pepper)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2 cups cooked pearl barley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup egg beaters
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan
  3. On medium heat, sauté onion, garlic and spices, cooking until onions are slightly browned
  4. Add spinach and bell pepper cook until most of the water is removed
  5. Add mushroom and cook one to two minutes
  6. Add flour and stir until combined
  7. Slowly add milk; Cook to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened slightly (usually 2-3 minutes)
  8. Remove pan from heat and blend in barley, eggs and Swiss cheese
  9. Pour mixture into 9″ x 9″ The Pampered Chef® Square Baker
  10. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top
  11. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until set. Broil 2 minutes until top is golden brown

Serves six

Nutritional information – values per serving are approximate:

Calories 245.3 Total Fat 10.0 g  Cholesterol 53.1 mg Sodium 245.4 mg Potassium 411.7 mg Total Carbohydrate 22.8 g Protein 15.9 g

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Barley, For the love of Quiche, Grains


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