Help! How Do I Cook Pearled Barley?

Pearled barley is hulled and polished to remove its bran, and cooks relatively quickly. Its earthy, nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture add interest to a variety of preparations, whether cooked risotto style or in soups, hot side dishes, salads, or even breakfast porridge.

Photo of Barley with Mushrooms and Green Beans by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com