This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and was the most perfect dish for the crazy cold temperatures we had last weekend. Moroccan spiced chickpea and noodle soup is essentially a version of Harira, a traditional Moroccan soup. And when I say “a version of”, ALL recipes are “a version of” this soup – it’s got similar ingredients but each time you eat it, you’ll notice something a little difference (much like Haiti’s Soupe Joumou).
Most often associated with “breaking the fast” during Ramadan, it’s part stew/ part soup full of comforting spices – it can be meatless but every time I have eaten this (most recently in Marrakech in January 2020 – imagine that concept! Travel!), it’s always included meat.
Dorie uses ground beef, made into “meatballs” and, while I’ve never had meatballs in this soup (it’s usually stewing meat – chicken or beef), I went with this and have a couple of tips if you make this recipe:
- One pound of meat made into 20 meatballs makes GIANT meatballs for this soup. I’d say make them much much smaller (like, make 30-40 instead of 20).
- I’d add some seasoning to these meatballs (they are just plain meat in this version) if you are going to use them – even a little bit of salt and pepper would help.
- Small cubes of stewing beef would be great in this!
Because this soup included noodles (or spaghetti), on Day 2 and 3 and 4 (yes, it lasts that long – serves a lot!), the noodles will soak up the liquid – when I was reheating it, I added a splash more broth each time we ate it to make it more soup-like.
All in all, this was an EXCELLENT comfort food this week and will be a repeat here. A fabulous dish to make a big batch of on a Sunday afternoon (will make your house smell AMAZING!) and enjoy through the week. The flavours develop even more over the following days. SO good!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Moroccan spiced chickpea and noodle soup on page 66 of Everyday Dorie.
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