The first time I made this Moroccan chicken and bean soup it was “surprise soup.” It was a cold day, and I looked around in my fridge, saw beans, chicken, and carrots, and thought, there must be a soup in here someplace! So, I started paging through my cookbooks. I found a recipe for harira, which is Moroccan bean and vegetable soup, in The Book of Jewish Food (a wonderful cookbook which is part recipes and part travelogue). The recipe called for lamb (but I had no lamb in the fridge) and lentils (no lentils in the pantry), but I figured I could adjust it.
I replaced the lamb with chicken and the lentils with white beans. The carrots, well they had to wait for another day.
I used soaked beans (since I already had them; you can use a can instead, or try my quick soak method to speed up the process.
It’s technically spring as I type this, but at 57 degrees it sure doesn’t feel like it. Time for soup!
Tools and Ingredients for this Recipe
I have a similar pot in a smaller size, but I really lust after the bigger one. Mine also doesn’t have the built-in strainer (which seems very handy). It does have the glass lid, which is great because I can easily see how close the food is to boiling without lifting the lid and getting a face full of steam. It’s great for soup or chili or a big pot of pasta when company is coming.
Turmeric is related to ginger and has a warm, peppery flavor. Like ginger, it can be savory or sweet, and can be used in both dinner and dessert recipes. It’s great in soups, on chicken, lamb, or mixed in with scrambled eggs. It’s also an anti-inflammatory.
More Bean Soup Recipes
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Want soup, but feeling super lazy? This soup takes only minutes to make (with pre-made meatballs). Just heat and eat.
Turkey soup with a south-of-the border kick. It’s got beans, lime, and cayenne and cumin for heat, warm/spiciness and a wonderful fragrance.