Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender.
Add broth and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf) to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Discard bay leaf. Fluff with a fork; stir in pecans and pepper.
I was afraid to use pearl barley b/c the cooking time is usually listed at 45 minutes. Perhaps the recipe should read "quick cook barley"? So I went half and half with bulgar and buckwheat, substituted leeks for onions, and we enjoyed this very much. 7 servings? Only if you're having a lot of other food. I served with the CL vichyssoise, tarragon beet salad, and deviled eggs for a nice hot weather meal (the pilaf was the only hot item).
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