Soup? In the summer? Have I lost my mind? Eating hot soup on hot days is most likely a mistake. Eating hot soup in a chilly air-conditioned office space on a hot day may not be so bad.
I kept this savory Moroccan soup recipe on the back burner soley because it calls for a zucchini, and buying one of those during winter soup season seemed silly.
Still, I questioned the wisdom of soup in the summer until I found a full on Soup for Summer column in the latest edition of Bon Appetit. I trust they know what they are talking about, so soup in the summer it is.
This soup recipe earns bonus points for being chock-full of both chewy pearls of Israeli couscous (that I love) and vegetables (that I don’t love but should eat more of).
This soup gets one strike for the raisins. Yes, raisins. The dried fruit that more often than not elicits a response of “ewww” when baked in seemingly appropriate items like oatmeal cookies are now in a savory soup. To my surprise, they were not that all that bad.
However, and this is a big however, by the time I ate the leftover soup the next day, the raisins had sopped up so much liquid that they were practically reincarnated as grapes.
If raisins in cookies are not a popular idea, you can only imagine how well grapes in soup go over. Unless you really like raisins and are going to eat this soup the same day, you might just want to skip them. Enjoy!
Savory Moroccan Soup
Yield 4 servings
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1, 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 small zucchini or summer squash, sliced into half circles
6 artichoke hearts, cut in half
1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Israeli couscous
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
- Bring the stock plus 1 cup of water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.
- Reduce the heat, add all of the remaining ingredients, and simmer until the couscous is cooked, about seven minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.