Barley with Beets

Orzo con le Barbabietole

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
La Terra Fortunata

By Fred Plotkin

Published 2001

  • About

Often beets and barley are neighbors on a plate in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. But they also make a nice dish when combined.


  • 1 to 1¼ pounds/500 g beets
  • 1 cup/225


Place the beets in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to maintain a gentle boil, and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 30 to 35 minutes for medium-size beets. Drain well. Peel when cool enough to handle. Once the beets are cooking, in a colander, rinse the barley under cold running water. Transfer to a large pot, add 3 cups/700 ml cold wate