Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
A Food & Wine recipe. Tastes even better the next day.
- 3 quarts water
- 2 lbs tomatoes, coarsely chopped or 1 (28 ounce) canpeeled Italian plum tomatoes, chopped,juices reserved
- 1 large Spanish onion, coarsely grated
- 1 lb boneless leg of lamb, well-trimmed,cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 (19 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1⁄2 cup brown lentils or 1⁄2 cup green lentil (3 1/2 ounces)
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄3 cup rice
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- pita bread, for serving
- In a large, heavy pot, combine the water, tomatoes, onion, lamb, chickpeas, lentils, olive oil, tomato paste and cumin.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the tomato paste.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the rice and simmer for 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup of the soup into the flour.
- Whisk the slurry into the soup and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes longer.
- Stir in the parsley and cilantro.
- Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve.
- Serve with warm pita bread if desired.
- The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
A wonderful, rich-tasting soup! I made a few small alterations (only 2 litres of water; 2 tbls of olive oil and 1 tbls of cumin) and instead of adding salt and pepper at the end, threw in two beef bouillon cubes and a handful of black peppercorns right at the start. The fresh herbs are a must, they really bring the flavours together! The servings are very generous - I think this makes more like 8-10 servings (it's a very hearty soup!), which is great, because this really is even better on the second day. :-) Thank you for sharing!