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Moroccan Chickpea Soup with Orzo & Cilantro Gremolata
2 or 4 Serving Dinner

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

with Orzo & Cilantro Gremolata

This soup was inspired by Moroccan harira, a tomato-based stew of chickpeas, lentils, warm spices, and fresh herbs. The stew is traditionally made with rice or broken bits of vermicelli pasta, but this version uses delicate, tender orzo. A drizzle of cilantro-lemon sauce gives the dish a bright, herby finish.

Tags: High-Protein Soy-Free Nut-Free Chef's Choice High Fiber
SERVINGS
PREP & COOK TIME
35 min
CALORIES
780
FAT
8g
CARBOHYDRATES
136g
PROTEIN
40g

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INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  2. 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  3. 1 tbsp tomato powder
  4. 2 tsp ras el hanout
  5. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  6. 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (divided)
  7. 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed and sorted
  8. 4 oz orzo pasta
  9. 13.4 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  10. 14.5 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  11. 2 oz teen spinach
  12. 1 lemon, zested, half juiced, half cut into wedges (divided)
  13. 0.25 oz cilantro, leaves and tender stems chopped
  14. 1/4 cup olive oil*
  15. Salt*
  16. Pepper*
  17. *Not included
  18. Ingredients are listed for 2 servings. If you're making 4 servings, please double your ingredients by using both meal kit bags provided.
  19. For full ingredient list, see Nutrition.
Allergens: wheat
Tools: Medium saucepan
SERVINGS
PREP & COOK TIME
35 min
CALORIES
780
FAT
8g
CARBOHYDRATES
136g
PROTEIN
40g

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INSTRUCTIONS

1
Cook the aromatics

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot and cook until onion is translucent and carrot is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato powder, ras el hanout, smoked paprika, just half the garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. (4-serving meal: use ¼ cup olive oil)

2
Cook the soup

Stir in 5 cups water, lentils, and ½ tsp salt and bring soup to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes. Stir in orzo and increase heat to medium-high. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and orzo is al dente, 14 to 16 minutes. (4-serving meal: use 8 cups water, 1 tsp salt) (TIP: To “sort” the lentils (as noted in the ingredient list) means to look for and discard any naturally occurring debris or stones.)

3
Finish the soup

Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and spinach to soup and cook until spinach is wilted and chickpeas are heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and season to taste with salt.

4
Make the cilantro gremolata and serve

Combine cilantro, lemon zest, remaining garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper in small bowl and stir cilantro gremolata. Divide Moroccan chickpea soup with orzo between bowls, drizzle with cilantro gremolata, and serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy! (4-serving meal: use ¼ cup olive oil)

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