This is a simple absolutely delicious recipe. I did not use as much cheese and it was still very tastey!
If my picky child likes it, it gets 5 stars! :) The barley was chewy (not mushy) and the vegetables still had a little crunch. I reduced the green bell pepper to 1 C and I chopped everything (except cauliflower and broccoli) in my mini chopper to make it more palatable to the kids. I used a combo of red and yellow onion. I also chopped the garlic in the chopper (I hate my press - too wasteful.) I didn't use the nuts or the parsley. After adding cheese and veggies, I let it cook a little while longer to absorb more of the liquid. Lots of leftovers, since no one was real hungry tonight.