Persian Noodle Soup With Meatballs (Ashe Reshte)

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Total Time
1hr 20mins
20 mins
1 hr

Lentils, black eyed peas and fine noodles make up this soup. Meatballs are dropped into simmering soup and garnished with mint, pepper and cinnamon. Ashe is the Persian word for soup and a cook is an Ash-Paz or “maker of the soup.” Soups are as important today in the cuisine of modern Iran as they were in ancient Persia.

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  1. Wash lentils and black eyed peas; combine in a large kettle with water and salt. Simmer until almost tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. Add noodles and parsley.
  2. Make meatballs by mixing beef, onion, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. Blend well. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Drop into simmering soup and cook for about 30 more minutes, or until meatballs are done and noodles tender. Crush the dried mint and combine with pepper and cinnamon. Ladle soup into soup plates or large bowls and sprinkle with the mixed spices. Makes 6 servings.
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Very very good

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This was nice...much more like a stew than the soup as other reviewers said. And I have no idea how this is supposed to make even 4 or 6 servings...I felt it barely made 3 good sized servings. But the flavor is very nice...if you want more of a soup, then triple the water and double the lentils/black-eyed peas. It's a great combination of flavors and a good first course, though...

4 5