Frugal Gourmet: Moroccan Harira Soup

Soup is one of the best foods to warm you on a cold day, and this Moroccan Harira soup is a particularly good option. Filled with chickpeas, lentils, and spices in a delicious tomato broth (and prepared in a crock pot!) this soup is the perfect welcome home.

Image Credit: Laura Carroll

Ingredients:

The super basics, if you’re super broke

1 cup of dried chickpeas

1 cup of dried lentils

3-4 fresh tomatoes OR 1 can of diced tomatoes

1 small onion

1 container of vegetable broth, or one cube of vegetable bouillon

2 tablespoons of Ras El Hanout or other Moroccan spice blend

Image Credit: Laura Carroll

Optional Ingredients:

The slightly fancier stuff, if you have a few extra bucks

1 lemon

¼ cup olive oil (extra virgin olive oil is the tastiest)

¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream

Supplies:

1 Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker

1 grater (optional)

Serves four, but can easily be scaled. If you make extra, stick it in the freezer for a future meal!

Let's do this thing

Peel and dice the onion, wash and dice the tomatoes if you're using fresh.

Place all of the basic ingredients into the slow cooker, and add water until the machine is close to being full.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Your soup will be magically done when you get home!

You can also make this soup on the stovetop, of course. If you do this, you'll need to use canned or pre-cooked chickpeas, rather than dried chickpeas. Place all of the basic ingredients into the pot, and add water until it's close to full. Once you bring all of the basic ingredients + water to a boil on the stovetop, simmer the soup for at least half an hour so that the lentils cook through and the flavors blend.

Finish the soup with the fun stuff

If you're using the lemon and olive oil, this is the moment they become relevant.

Zest the lemon using a grater, or using a vegetable peeler and then finely chopping the peeled lemon skin. Cut the lemon into quarters and remove the seeds. Squeeze the lemon juice into the soup, add the zest, and pour in the olive oil. Give everything a stir so that the flavors blend.

Dish up the soup into individual bowls, and add a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. Enjoy!