lamb soup

Moroccan Spinach Lamb Soup Recipe

Lamb Soup is overlaid with Moroccan flavors.

Mine smells as heavenly as it tastes. We know our lamb!

For many years, my classroom was in Lincoln Square Synagogue. The teacher himself later told me that he found teaching exquisite torture on Monday nights, because of the aromas that wafted to his classroom. I could have told the Rabbi what I had known all along: Man does not live by spirituality alone!

This lamb soup could easily be a complete meal

It has everything you need: The lima beans, the spinach, the meat! A perfect meal in a bowl! All you might add, if anything, is some good bread and a green salad.

Use Swiss Chard!

Swiss Chard is to our Cuisine what Spinach is to American Cooking. I love their bright and briny flavor. They are perfectly interchangeable in this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch flat parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro, tough stems removed
  • 4 ribs celery
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 pounds lean lamb cubes for stew, or 3 lamb shanks
  • 2 cups large lima beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut in small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Good pinch red pepper flakes, more if you like it spicy
  • Salt to taste (very little if at all, lamb already has salt)
  • 2 large bunches spinach or Swiss chard, leaves cut in ribbons, stems sliced thin
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Ground pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat the oil in a skillet.

In a food processor, coarsely grind the onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro and celery, and add to the hot oil. Sauté until translucent.

Add all but last 3 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and cook, covered, 2 hours. Add the spinach and cook one more hour. Stir in the lemon juice and ground pepper. Adjust texture and seasonings. It should be the consistency of a thick soup.

Makes 8 main course servings

Yield: 8 main course servings.

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