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Pressure cooker barley and meatball casserole

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  • High in protein
  • High in dietary fibre
  • Contains wholegrains
  • No added sugar
  • Healthier living
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Wheat free
  • Soy free
  • Sesame free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Egg free

This barley and meatball casserole is the ultimate winter warmer. Loaded with veggies and requiring just 20 minutes prep time, this dish is sure to become a winter staple.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time35 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
Pressure cooker barley and meatball casserole


  • 500g Coles Australian No Added Hormones Beef 5 Star Mince
  • 1 small zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 60g fetta, crumbled
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, coarsely chopped
  • 200g cup mushrooms, halved
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbs salt-reduced tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup (150g) pearl barley

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  1. Step 1

    Combine the mince, zucchini, fetta and half the garlic in a bowl. Roll 1-tbs portions of the mixture into balls and place on a plate.
  2. Step 2

    Heat half the oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, for 5 mins or until brown all over. Transfer to a clean plate.
  3. Step 3

    Add the onion, eggplant, mushroom and remaining garlic to pressure cooker. Stir for 2-3 mins or until tender. Stir in the tomato, tomato paste, barley and 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water. Top with the meatballs. Seal the pressure cooker. Cook over high heat until steam escapes at a constant rate and there’s a regular hissing sound. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 25 mins or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Step 4

    Release steam from the pressure cooker following manufacturer’s instructions. Divide the meatball mixture among serving bowls. Season.

    Serve with shredded basil and finely grated parmesan

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 1817kJ/435 Cals (21%)

Protein: 38g (76%)

Fat: 15g (21%)

Sat fat: 5g (21%)

Carb: 31g (10%)

Sugar: 8g (9%)

Fibre: 10g (33%)

Sodium: 369mg (18%)