Kale, Barley and Sausage Stew


As I sit in traffic on the way home these days, tummy rumbling and my concentration drifting into thinking about what to eat for dinner, all I ever dream of is some kind of warm stew or soup with a chunk of bread or a generous serving of potatoes. Quite frankly, nothing else will do.

This stew is flavoursome, nutrition packed, filling and exciting with it’s range of textures. In each mouthful you get hearty sausage, earthy mushroom and chewy barley in a rich gravy. Made even more satisfying served with crisp roast potatoes, this stew will keep you cozy through to next Spring.


Now, one thing I have learnt over the many years of vegetarianism, is that no two veggie sausages are the same and what one loves, another will hate! So, use any sausages you prefer, they vary worldwide anyway. Even make your own if you can wait that long!


My favourite speedy, ready made vegan sausages to use in the UK are Linda McCartney’s, standard or rosemary and red onion. The texture is perfect for this stew, soaking up all the flavours and plumping up…


Ingredients: Serves 2, generously.

  • 4 vegan sausages
  • 1 red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 punnet (about 300g) mushrooms, quartered
  • 100g/1/2 cup barley grain
  • 2 rosemary stalks
  • 2 thyme stalks
  • 250ml/1 cup vegan red wine
  • 500ml/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 10 whole leaves (a small bunch) kale, leaves stripped from the stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce


  1. Add the sausages to a large non stick pan and fry (you can add a little oil if you wish), turning every now and then, until browned all over. Remove the sausages from the pan to a plate and set aside.
  2. Gently fry the onion and celery in the same pan for 5 minutes until softened.  Add the mushrooms and saute until starting to turn golden.
  3. Stir in the barley then add the herbs, wine and stock. Season well with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes, then return the sausages to the pan and simmer for a further 20 minutes until the gravy has thickened.
  4. Add the chopped kale and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes, until the kale has wilted.
  5. Serve with roast potatoes or chunky bread.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits


No cholesterol
Low in sodium
High in dietary fiber
High in manganese
High in selenium
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C

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54 Responses to Kale, Barley and Sausage Stew

  1. Mmmmh that sounds delicious!!! Must try this. I’ll be using Dee’s Vegan Sausages (not sure you get them in the UK yet? She’s won an award for them! SO GOOD!!!! dees.ie if you wanna look them up) Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Poppy says:

      Ah yes, I tried Dee’s sausages at a food show this summer but they’re not available here yet! 😦 Hopefully soon!
      I’m sure they’ll be wonderful in this stew!

  2. Deena Kakaya says:

    Poppy, you’ve given me a lovely meal idea, I’d forgotten about sausage stews with barley; I can whip up a veggie version! Lovely pic and useful info x

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Deena! I just found your message in spam!
      I’m so glad this has resparked your memories of sausage and barley stews! I hope you try it and love it! Poppy 😀

  3. May says:

    Interesting – I’ve been despairing at my inability to find decent vegan sausages for casseroles, convinced that Linda McCartney ones would disintergrate in my slow cooker – is this not so? How exciting!

  4. Sophie33 says:

    A very lovely tasty dinner! I love it alll,…It looks very yum yum! 🙂

  5. The pictures you got of that dish are unreal!

  6. Stew are the best comfort foods, and crispy roasted potatoes are my favorite components in any savory dishes! Yay for Linda McCartney’s sausages! I love them since I was living in the UK for awhile, and had their pies, too!

  7. ohshecooks says:

    This looks great! I used to buy homemade vegan sausages on eBay from a girl in Portugal, she mailed them all the way to the US in just a plain envelope. Somehow they always survived, and they were wonderful. Maybe I’ll have to try making my own since she no longer sells them.

  8. Veggie Sausage Stew! Looks delicious. I’m a big barley fan especially- So chewy and hearty, perfect for wintery dishes.

  9. Sounds absolutely delicious! I know this is heretical, but it could be done with a meat sausage as well. Changes the nutrition profile, of course, but carnivores love barley and kale, too. Forgive me!

    • Poppy says:

      Of course, any sausage can be used but as a vegan blogger I can’t suggest a pork banger in the ingredients list!
      I would never suggest carnivores don’t love barley and kale too but I am simply writing as a vegan and am happy for non vegans to adapt to their preferences 😀

  10. sophiazerg says:

    What a hearty, comforting dish. I have to say, my favourite thing in the world is probably potatoes, and boy, do these look incredible! Love this dish.

  11. Poppy this looks fab! Is the sausage from that Kinda mcCartney??

  12. This sounds great with the barley and kale!!! And Linda McCartney sausages are my favourite ones too, always have some in the freezer :))

  13. This sounds very very tasty! Yum!

  14. I’m coming to London in a few weeks. I want to smuggle LInda McCartney sausage back here to the U.S.!! Ice packs? How? I don’t know. I’ve not found good ones here yet. I’ll try harder. This recipe makes my mouth water! Well done.

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Susan! How exciting your coming to London!
      You can get non frozen, refrigerated ones that would be fine out of the fridge til you got home! Just get them as near to your flight home as you can! 😀

  15. My husband loves sausage!! This looks great Poppy – I’ll have to make it for my hubby! Celeste “The Honking Vegan” – honk, honk!

  16. afracooking says:

    Exactly the right food for this time of year: heart-warming and healthy

  17. evamel says:

    This looks like the perfect winter recipe 🙂 By the way, I nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://ingloriousplastics.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/liebster-award/ – I just love your recipes! Best wishes, Eva

  18. Hi Poppy I have been following your blog and love it. I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award for all the hard work and effort you put into your blog content and pics. Well deserved! 😀You can collect your award from the following link:
    You Rock!!!!

  19. dweezer19 says:

    Looks so great. I love kale! I make a yummy sausage and kale soup! Great recipe. Thanks for posting it.

  20. That sounds perfect for a cold day. I’ve always wanted to try the Linda McCartney sausages but until we can get them here, I’ll stick to Field Roast.

  21. Ally says:

    Hi Poppy,
    This does look very tasty and comforting.
    I hope you are well. 🙂

  22. We had this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  23. Dee says:

    Looks great Poppy! I will let you know when we hit the UK : ) Dee

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