nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 138
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 103 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Garlic and Kale Soup

Garlic and Kale Soup

Serves 6

This brothy soup provides heart-healthful nutrition on many levels: kale and garlic are good for the cardiovascular system; wheat berries are high in fiber; and shiitake mushrooms contain eritadenine, an amino acid that speeds up processing of cholesterol in the liver. Once the wheat berries have been presoaked, the soup can be ready in under an hour.
  • ½ cup wheat berries
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3.5 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup brown rice vinegar
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale (10 oz.), stemmed and coarsely chopped

1. Soak wheat berries in large bowl of cold water overnight.

2. Heat oil in 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, and season with salt, if desired. Sauté mushrooms 10 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes more. Stir in vinegar; simmer until vinegar is almost evaporated, stirring to scrape up browned bits from pan.

3. Drain wheat berries, and add to mushroom mixture with vegetable broth and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Add kale, and cook 10 to 20 minutes more, or until kale is tender. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

February 2010 p.36

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Anyone tried this with quinoa of wheatberries?

Carol - 2016-02-23 12:56:46

Flavors are good here, I added a dash of soy sauce as a reviewer suggested, and also cooked the mushrooms only about 6 minutes. Next time, I would not use the entire bunch of kale—texturally, that much kale overpowers everything else for me, I actually had to take some out because I wanted the soup to be brothier and less chewy. The wheatberries have enough chew on their own. Very umami; I might serve with a lemon wedge next time as a reviewer suggested, for some brightness.

Natalie - 2015-02-16 05:04:18

I am not a vegetarian, but will be adding this soup to my rotation. DELISH!!!!

Julie Bohde - 2015-02-04 03:23:42

Can you give us this recept in dutch

A. Smit - 2015-02-03 18:59:18

Thanks for the great recipe, you've been featured on my blog:

Colorful Canary - 2014-12-17 21:35:52

I am so glad I found this recipe! So good and healthy for you at the same time. I've been making it every week and taking a small bowl with my lunch everyday.

Jackie - 2014-11-11 01:39:19

Yum, so good and so easy! I loved how all of the different flavors came together. I agree that my mushrooms took less than 10 minutes to cook and I also added a bit of soy sauce to my broth later in the cooking process. I added extra firm tofu to boost the protein. Great soup that I will definitely make again - next time I will probably make a double batch as I could easily eat up a whole double batch if I had it for lunch each day (approx a 2 cup serving size).

Amy Gross - 2014-02-26 09:06:31

This was so delicious and super easy! I skipped salt on mushrooms and sautéd the mushrooms less than 10 min. (until they were soft). Then I added a little bit of soy sauce in the broth after bringing the broth to boil. I love kale, shiitake mushrooms, garlic and brown rice vinegar. This is simple, sophisticated, and super healthy light dinner! I'll definitely make this again.

era - 2014-02-12 03:58:18

I don't like any of these ingredients, not mushrooms, not garlic, not vinegar, & not kale. Wheat berries are best ground into flour. So, I would make my own broth & forget the rest.

left coast liz - 2014-02-07 18:47:13


Cathleen Carr - 2014-02-07 18:34:59


Brenda - 2014-02-07 17:07:02

This soup sounds delicious, but for anyone out there who, like us, prefers to get their fats from whole foods rather than the processed, empty calories of oils and margarines, sautéing mushrooms without oil is easy. I use a high-quality non-stick pan (I know others who cook without oil in stainless steel) and simply lightly salt the mushrooms (this draws out their moisture), cover and cook over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes, then remove the cover and allow them to brown (if desired). You could also just sauté them in water or vegetable broth.

La - 2014-02-07 16:31:57

I added a lemon wedge to each serving to offset the sweet vinegar flavor. I may try balsamic vinegar next time. I used barley instead of wheat berries. Tasty and satisfying soup on a cold day.

Margaret - 2014-01-29 02:09:11

I have made this twice now, it's so good. It's so much better if you use organic kale. I also used barley instead of wheat berries. My whole family loved this.

Kandyce - 2014-01-24 14:59:16