Wheat Berry Vegetable Soup

Prep: 20 minutes Soak: 1 hour Cook: 3 1/2 hours

Serves:6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hard winter wheat berries
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Sambal chili paste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions

Place the wheat berries in a medium bowl. Bring 2 cups of the water to a boil and pour over the wheat berries. Let soak for 1 hour. Drain and place in a large pot with the remaining 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add vegetable broth, tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Simmer for 1 hour, then add the cabbage, beans, basil, parsley flakes and freshly ground pepper. Continue to cook for an additional 1 1/2 hours. Add the sambal oelek and the lemon juice and cook an additional 30 minutes until wheat berries are tender.