Old-School Bean Soup with Wheat Berries


Southern bean soup with wheat berries for added texture. Add cheese, hot sauce, lime juice, or fresh minced red onion for more of a kick.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
17 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ham bone

  • water to cover

  • 8 ounces dried navy beans

  • 8 ounces cranberry beans

  • 8 ounces wheat berries

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, or to taste

  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

  • 8 ounces dried lentils

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced

  • 1 ripe avocado, diced

  • 2 green onions, sliced, or more to taste


  1. Place ham bone in a slow cooker. Pour in enough water to cover. Cook on Low until you have a fragrant stock, 12 to 15 hours.

  2. Place navy beans, cranberry beans, and wheat berries in a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight. Drain.

  3. Remove ham bone from stock. Add beans and wheat berries. Stir in celery salt, thyme, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Cook on High until beans are tender yet firm to the bite, about 4 hours.

  4. Stir lentils into the slow cooker. Cook on High until tender, about 1 hour. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve soup topped with diced tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

722 Calories
6g Fat
145g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 722
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 145g 53%
Dietary Fiber 35g 126%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 9mg 51%
Potassium 1351mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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