The South Beach Gourmet

Recipes for the South Beach Diet

Monday, July 24, 2006

Spiced Moroccan Soup, P1

Taken from South Beach Diet Forums:

Spiced Moroccan soup

2 tsp cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
1 large onion, medium diced (I used scallions)
2 T minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
1 heaping teaspoon sweet paprika
2-3 plum tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 quart vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon Splenda
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (5-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until the onions begin to turn translucent; lower heat if browning starts to occur. Add spices and saute a minute or so. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, and Splenda. Season with a couple pinches of salt and 10 grinds fresh pepper. Stir well. Chickpeas should be just covered with liquid. If level is shy, add some water so the chickpeas are just covered.
Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to low and gently simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove soup from heat. Use a potato masher to mash up some of the chickpeas right in the pot. Stir in the spinach and let heat through until wilted, just a couple minutes.
Season again, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Serve soup, drizzled lightly with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.


  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger Catherine said…

    Hey girl! I didn't realize you had a blog! Just found it! I'm so glad! Can I link you on mine?

  • At 5:39 AM, Blogger The South Beach Gourmet said…

    Hey CB - yes, I started one! You & lork & greth were my inspirations - I need to figure out how to link to you. Feel free to link to mine.

  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger purvis said…

    Ok, I have to say this is RIDICULOUSLY good. I added chicken breast to make it a full meal and drizzled with lemon juice, but it's perfect as is.


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