Wheat berries and dried white beans are cooked directly within this long-simmering soup, lending body and flavor to the broth. Feel free to substitute other heritage beans for the white beans.
- ½ cup dried white beans
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 medium leek, white and light-green parts sliced (1 cup)
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped (½ cup)
- 1 celery stalk, trimmed and chopped (1⁄3 cup)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, or water
- 1 14.5-oz. can diced, no-salt tomatoes with liquid
- ½ cup wheat berries
- 2 sprigs fresh sage, optional
- 2 cups Swiss chard greens, sliced
- ¼ cup chopped, fresh parsley
1 Soak white beans in medium bowl of cold water overnight. Drain, and set aside.
2 Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven on medium-high. Add leek, carrot, and celery, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until vegetables are brown around edges. Add garlic and smoked paprika, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth or water, tomatoes, wheat berries, soaked beans, and sage, if using.
3 Bring to a boil, then cover pan almost completely and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 hour, or until wheat berries and beans are tender, adding stock or water if soup becomes too thick. Stir in chard and parsley, and cook 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Serving Size: per 1 1/2-cup serving
- Calories: 297
- Carbohydrate Content: 47 g
- Fat Content: 7 g
- Fiber Content: 3 g
- Protein Content: 11 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
- Sodium Content: 254 mg
- Sugar Content: 8 g