Wheat Berry Soup

Wheat Berry Soup

A simple but delicious hearty beef soup with wheat berries


about 4 quarts


2 cups wheat berries
3 quarts of water, approx.
1 1/2 pounds inexpensive beef roast or steak
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons salt (or more, depending on your preference)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1. Soak wheat berries in 4 cups of the water for 12-24 hours.

2. Trim fat from meat and dice into bite-sized pieces.

3. In a large stock pot, brown meat with onion and garlic. When meat is browned, add the celery and part of the water (maybe about 6 cups), so that the meat is completely covered.

4. Cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Stir, cover again, reduce heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

5. Add the wheat berries (including the water in which they have been soaking), cover, and bring back up to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 2 1/2 hours. The wheat is fully cooked when the berries are soft, chewy, and split.

6. Add an additional 2-4 cups of water to make the broth/soup the desired strength. We like less broth, but if you prefer a more watery soup, you might want to add a little more water. :) Season with salt and pepper.

Wheat berry soup
Additional Notes: 

This is a variation on a beef and barley soup recipe that was created by my mom, Linda. The soups are made in similar fashion, but the wheat and barley have very different textures, making the soup taste a lot different! :)

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes, plus soaking time for the wheat

Cooking Time: 

3 1/2 hours

Tammy's Review: 

This is a healthy, affordable, easy, and delicious soup!! The flavor is great, and the meat gets so tender during the cooking time. I love this soup. It's so comforting in the cooler months! :) My rating: 10/10


This was a great soup. I liked the different texture in using the wheat berries. The entire family liked it as well.


This soup was very good. The texture of the wheat berries was a nice change from the usual barley in our beef soup. Our wheat berries needed a little more cooking time, even after soaking for the full 24 hours. As it is, this soup is a little bland for my family's tastes. I added two fresh bay leaves and some beef soup base (beef bouillon). When I make this again, I will also add more garlic and onions.


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