Heat margarine in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
Combine barley, onion soup mix, and water in a 3-quart casserole, and stir in mushroom mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Garnish casserole with chives, if desired.
Got Awful? After thirteen years of this recipe being around, no wonder I am the first to rate it, Yuk! This had very little taste it didn't pick up the flavors of the ingredients at all. Leftovers, including almost everything on our plate, fed the garbage disposal. We served with CL's Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Breasts, which were not much better than this. We hardly ever hit a dud and then we had 2 in one night. Oh Well!
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