• 100 g pearl barley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, halved lengthways and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 410 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200 g green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp fresh pesto sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan (optional)


  1. 1

    Place the barley in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 35 mins until the barley is really tender. Rinse under cold running water, drain well and set aside.

  2. 2

    Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the onion, leeks and carrot and cook for 4-5 mins. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for a further 3 mins.

  3. 3

    Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins. Add the cannellini beans, barley and cabbage and simmer for a further 5 mins. Stir through the pesto sauce and serve. For adults, serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2730kj 652kcal 33%
  • Fat 17.0g 24%
  • Saturates 4.7g 24%
  • Sugars 16.7g 19%
  • Salt 1.9g 32%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 285kj/68kcal

Each serving provides

84.0g carbohydrate 19.0g fibre 31.4g protein

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