I just had to share this with you all! This soup, which is more like a stew, is sustaining enough to make a complete meal if accompanied by some good, crusty bread. The meat, combined with spices and with a tang of lemon and apricots, has the flavor of North Africa.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak the apricots in water for 2 hours or more until soft; drain.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, cinnamon, cumin, and paprika; cook and stir for 1 minute. Raise the heat to medium-high, crumble in the ground lamb, stirring and breaking it up with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until browned. Stir in the drained apricots, celery, green pepper, and tomato.

  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave 5 - 6 strips of rind off the lemon and add to the soup with the juice of the lemon. Stir in the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer gently for half an hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

405 calories; protein 22.6g 45% DV; carbohydrates 31.3g 10% DV; fat 23.1g 36% DV; cholesterol 75.9mg 25% DV; sodium 110.4mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2008
I followed this recipe quite closely and it was a gently-spiced rustic lemony soup. I used sweet paprika and I think I'll try hot paprika next time. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2008
I followed this recipe quite closely and it was a gently-spiced rustic lemony soup. I used sweet paprika and I think I'll try hot paprika next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2010
Interesting combination of flavours and the dried apricots add a different texture. I used a can of tomatoes since the 'fresh' ones available right now have no flavour. Read More
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