I made this for my make-ahead cooking group "The Make-Ahead Mamas'" holiday soup swap. The wonderful traditional Moroccan cinnamon-spice combination is lovely with the ground lamb and sweet potatoes, and the chopped apricots or cranberries add a surprising tart sweetness with every few bites. Whenever I make this recipe, I make a double (or triple!) batch and freeze a few portions.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs
3 hrs
30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Mix ground lamb, cinnamon, cumin, salt, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, and curry powder together in a bowl. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight.

  • Melt butter in a soup pot over medium-high heat; stir in onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add spiced lamb mixture. Cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add consomme, diced tomatoes, beef broth, chicken broth, and honey. Stir in carrots, sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, lentils, apricots, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

  • Bring soup just to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until lentils and vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Barley can be used in place of lentils, and dried cranberries can be used in place of apricots.

To make this soup ahead, I suggest not cooking the soup fully until just before serving it, so that the vegetables stay firm while frozen. Follow steps 1 to 3, then transfer soup to a freezer-safe container. Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze. When ready to eat, if refrigerated, simply transfer to a pot and follow step 4. If frozen, thaw in the the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours, pour into a soup pot, and follow step 4.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 23.8g; carbohydrates 48.6g; fat 10.3g; cholesterol 43mg; sodium 1303.5mg. Full Nutrition