Hearty with chunks of beef or lamb, plenty of vegetables and a bit of pasta, this Moroccan soup gets its rich, golden-orange color from turmeric. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

Kitty Morse
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and turmeric; stir to coat. Add meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add broth (or water), tomatoes and their juice, turnips, carrots, celery and saffron. Tie parsley and cilantro sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the meat is tender, 45 to 50 minutes.

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  • Stir in zucchini and cook, covered, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add pasta and cook until soft, 4 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of pasta. Discard the parsley and cilantro sprigs. Season with salt (start with 1 teaspoon if you're using beef broth; add more if you're using water) and pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley and/or cilantro leaves, if desired.

Tips

Equipment: Kitchen string

Ingredient note: The dried stigma from Crocus sativus, saffron adds flavor and golden color to a variety of Middle Eastern, African and European foods. Find it in the spice section of supermarkets, gourmet shops and at tienda.com. It will keep in an airtight container for several years.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; 8.2 g total fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 1043 mg sodium. 686 mg potassium; 18.8 g carbohydrates; 3.8 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 20 g protein; 3948 IU vitamin a iu; 28 mg vitamin c; 39 mcg folate; 54 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 43 mg magnesium;

Reviews (16)

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  • 5 star values: 15
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2018
If I could rate this higher I would! I can't get over the flavor in this soup and the rich colors. It is a party in my mouth. Whoever said this was bland did something wrong or didn't add in all the herbs or spices. One thing I did do that might have added more zing was using Rotel diced tomatoes with mild green chilies and I did not have zucchini so I used a big handful of baby spinach. I also also lessened the liquid by 2 cups so that it was more of a stew. My husband is English doesn't like real spicy food but he ate it all without one complaint. This puts my regular 'ho hum' beef vegetable soup to shame. The saffron was not hard to find at all. Walmart had it in the spice aisle. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2017
Delish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Our Junior GS Troop is studying the country of Morocco and decided to make this soup for our Moroccan Dinner Party. The soup was a huge success and was everyone's favorite! There wasn't a drop left at the end of the night! If you want your kids to eat their veggies this is a great way to go. The troop wants to make it again for our upcoming camping trip. We gave the soup two thumbs up! Debbie Morales Reading PA Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this twice and we enjoyed it greatly-I could not find turnips so left them out and also left out the cilantro which we don't like-and it was still good. It has replaced Minestrone as our favorite fall vegetable soup. Loretta London ON Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
When I told my husband I was making a kind of beef stew he made a face recalling the rubbery stewed meat of his childhood. He was pleasantly surprised by the tenderness of the beef in this soup. The soup was delicious but I think next time i'll use more turmeric and saffron. (Be careful. Splashed soup may stain your countertop.) You can sometimes get saffron threads imported from Spain at Costco. Tina Bellingham WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is very tasty. The beef came out super tender and the broth is flavorful thanks to using beef broth. Only challenge was figuring out what they mean by a "pinch" of saffron? I put in about 10 strands not having any idea if this is too much. Andrea Wheat Ridge CO Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious very nourishing and just slightly sweet. Don't leave out the turnips they add lovely texture and taste. I'm thinking of trying this again but adding chickpeas (canned I guess) late in the process. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a great dinner. I used rutabaga instead of turnip--it added a lovely sweet earthy flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
LOVED this recipe! Tastes awesome and low cal to boot! Very earthy flavor and texture was amazing the beef was nice and tender. The only downside was the white t-shirt I was wearing when I cooked. As mentioned it stains easily so beware. That and the cost of the saffron would be the only downs on it. But the cost of the saffron is worth the investment. Two thumbs up and 5 stars from me! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
my husband especially loved this. left out cilantro turnips and saffron and it still rocked. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! I omitted the saffron added some kale that I had from our CSA and substituted alphabet pasta for the angel hair in hopes that my 3 year old would eat it. We both ate our bowls full (well he at least ate the broth and the letters). This is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Not one of our favorites from Eatingwell.com. While the beef was very tender the soup itself was a bit flavorless. We didn't get the "earthy" taste in our broth that a previous comment posted. It was a let down considering the time put into the dish. Will probably not try again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is one of my favorite vegetable soups. I'm a vegetarian so I omit the meat and use chickpeas instead. My husband adds meat into his portion which makes it a great meal for both of us to share and enjoy. The turnips are great in this so if you're not sure if you like them give them a try! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Find an Indian grocery store for saffron you'll pay less than 1/3 of the price in a regular supermarket. I pay 6 instead of 20. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is one of my favorite soups! Everyone I've ever served it to absolutely enjoys it it's now a staple in my Fall & Winter "comfort food" collection. Maxine Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Disappointed I was looking forward to eating this soup but was disappointed. I used lamb and the soup was very blah! I guess I must like spicy food. Pros: healthy Cons: flavorless Read More