Middle Eastern Bean Soup
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add za'atar, oregano and salt; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.Advertisement
Add broth, butter beans and chickpeas; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, stir in sausage; cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in tomato, zucchini and lemon juice. Cover and cook 5 minutes more.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Spice blends like za'atar give you big flavor from just one ingredient. Za'atar is a mix of thyme, sumac, salt, sesame seeds and sometimes other herbs; look for it in the bulk-spice section of natural-foods stores, in specialty-foods stores or online. To make your own mix: Blend 1 tsp. each ground sumac, sesame seeds and dried thyme with 1/4 tsp. salt.
Merguez sausage, made from lamb, is seasoned with a blend of spices including red chiles, garlic, cumin, coriander, caraway and paprika. Look for it near other specialty sausages in well-stocked supermarkets or online at dartagnan.com.
1 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 high fat meat, 1 fat