Healthy Bowl of Pork and Pearl Barley

Submitted by Kelly Ryan

Healthy Bowl of Pork and Pearl Barley

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Serving: 8
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups of pearl barley
  • 900g pork tenderloin (2 x Aldi serves), sliced 1.5 cm thick
  • 4 Carrots, diced
  • " equal amount of celery, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 50g ham, diced
  • 1 jar red pasta sauce
  • wholemeal flour
  • 4 cloves
  • thyme


  • Turn slow cooker on HIGH to pre-heat
  • With a splash of oil, fry off carrot, celery and onion in a fry pan to speed up the cooking process.
  • Meanwhile, coat pork pieces in flour and place into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • As veg starts to soften and onions become clear, add cloves and thyme, and cook for another minute or 2.
  • Pour in jar of red pasta sauce, plus the same amount of water and stir.
  • Pour veg over the pork and cook for 1 hour on high, then turn to low for another 1 hour.
  • Add pearl barley and stir through, keeping as everything covered with liquid.
  • (it will seem watery at this stage but the pearl barley will absorb most of the liquid)
  • Continue to cook on low for another hour.
  • Serve as is for a very healthy dinner or tomorrow's lunch.

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