In my experience, every culture has it’s version of chicken soup. With Ramadan approaching quickly I’ve been looking for new soup recipes. I’m a busy mom and finding fast, easy and healthy recipes can sometimes feel like a chore. I’ve always been hesitant about soup because it always felt like it took so much time. I was wrong. This soup is fast and delicious.
Usually I go to my mother in law for new Moroccan recipe ideas. In our latest conversation (translated through MarocBaba) I asked her for some ideas that don’t involve a lot of cooking – or that could be eaten cold. Her response….“Why would you do that?” Frankly if I were in Morocco fasting during Ramadan in the middle of August, hot soup would be low on my list of “things to make and eat”. But that’s just me.
Instead I did eek out two new ideas for soups. As with most recipes she can’t tell me how much of anything to add, just what ingredients are in the dish. In darija she called this recipe chorba kdra vermicelli or Soup with Vegetables and Vermicelli. Creative isn’t it? I made my version with rice instead of vermicelli noodles but you can add in rice, noodles or any other grain you’d like.
There is an endless list of vegetables you can use in this recipe. Take advantage of whatever produce is local and in season for you. All of my vegetables came from our farmer’s market, except for the herbs which I grew in my backyard (hey it’s a big deal for a black thumb like me!) If you’re making this with plans to freeze some to use during Ramadan, cook the noodles or rice seperately and as needed. They don’t freeze and reheat well.
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