White bean & wheat berry soup


1 lb dried white beans, picked over
2 ham hocks
2/3 cup wheat berries
8 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
2 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped

3 celery ribs, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
1 head escarole, chopped coarse
3 garlic cloves, minced

How to prepare

In a bowl soak beans in water to cover by 2″ overnight or quick-soak and drain. In a heavy kettle (at least 5 quarts) simmer ham hocks and wheat berries in water and broth, covered, 1 hour. Add drained beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and skim froth. Add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf and rosemary and simmer, covered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Transfer ham hocks with a slotted spoon to a cutting board. Discard fat and bones and chop meat. In a blender or food processor puree 3 cups soup. Stir puree into soup with chopped meat and escarole and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Soup may be made 4 days ahead (cool uncovered before chilling covered). Makes 15 cups.

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