Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year Soup Recipe

New Year Noodle SoupIf you don't have beans that have already been cooked you can use canned ones. Or you can soak the garbanzo & borlotti overnight, and add them after the broth comes to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes, then stir in the yellow split peas/lentils. This way the beans/lentils should be done cooking around the same time. The original recipe calls for fresh borlotti beans, which aren't in season. I used dried borlotti that I cooked a couple weeks back, then froze until now. And, on the noodle front, I couldn't help but add more than what the original recipe called for. You can actually use more/less noodles - even when it seemed like too much, they always manage to get slurped up in a soup like this.


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 long red chili OR green serrano, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

8 1/2 cups / 2 liters good-tasting vegetable stock/broth

100g / 3.5 oz yellow split peas or brown lentils

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed if using canned

2 cups / 350g cooked borlotti beans

fine grain sea salt

120 g thin egg noodles, fresh or dried

3 1/2 oz / 100g fresh spinach leaves, finely shredded

1/2 cup finely shredded cilantro leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

juice of one lime

Toppings:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 large onion, thinly sliced

100 ml sour cream or creme fraiche

50g / scant 2 ounces of toasted, chopped walnuts

Heat the oil in a large, thick-bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and the chile and cook until they soften, a few minutes. Add the spices and cook for another thirty seconds, just long enough for them to toast a bit, then stir in the stock. Bring to a boil and add the split peas/lentils to the pot. Cook until they are just tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the cooked chickpeas and borlotti beans. Once the beans have heated throughout, season with salt to taste.

In the meantime, you can prepare the toppings. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium heat along with a couple big pinches of salt. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until golden and caramelized, 8 - 10+ minutes. Set aside.

Just before you're ready to eat, add the noodles to the simmering soup and cook until al dente. Stir in the spinach, and cilantro and dill. Add a big squeeze of lime to the pot or serve wedges along with each bowl of soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Serve right away, each bowl topped with a big spoonful of caramelized onions, some creme fraiche, and a sprinkling of walnuts.

Serves about 4.

Adapted slightly from the Ash-e Reshteh / New Year Noodle Soup recipe in Saraban, by Greg & Lucy Malouf

Prep time: 20 min - Cook time: 40 min

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I didn't want to start the new year out by copy and paste, but that particular wish was not written in stone and I was so intrigued with this recipe I needed to spread the good news around. 

We are all sick on the Wits End Ranch.  In fact my daughter is in hospital right now with severe asthma and some kind of infection.  I stayed up all nite doing breathing treatments just to stay out of the ER on New Years Eve. and Bob is sneezing and coughing to beat the band. So what is better than a comfort soup?

I'm a bit over chicken noodle,  the first go at it during the early winter months its a treat, but then I get to thinking "what is that dead chicken smell?"

Perhaps tomorrow I will give you the scoop on the new blog name.  No big secret just don't have the time at this late hour. 

I wish you all a healthy week ahead, and I will be trying out this soup recipe.  Take care. RD

1 comment:

Bee's Blog said...

Like the sound of this very much but don'.t like the sound of the illnesses in your family.

R is just getting over the most awful bout of I don't know what.

Hope your daughter is soon out - I know how ill she can be. And you keep well.