Unearth the rich flavors of the Middle East with our Freekeh Soup, brimming with succulent lamb and hearty grains.
Savor the Comfort of Freekeh Soup. When I was younger, my mom always had a pot of soup on the stove. The inviting aromas of tender meat and spices would waft through the house, warming the space and making it feel so cozy. One of my favorite meals she made was a hearty, nutty soup full of lamb pieces and freekeh called Freekeh Soup. A broth as good as this one will leave you feeling warm and satisfied! Just wait until you try this recipe.
I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t get enough of this Freekeh Soup. This was also one of my dad’s favorite soups; he would continue thanking my mom even two hours after we all finished eating, telling her, “Maybe God blessed your hands to make it!” Ahh, what a sweet thing to say! Growing up, this Freekeh Soup recipe was a staple in my household. I’m happy to share it with you!
Ingredients for your lamb and Freekeh Soup
Now I know you might be wondering what freekeh is. After all, it’s the key ingredient in this delectable dish, and many people are unfamiliar with it. Freekeh is similar to a wheat grain in both texture and flavor and is derived from green durum wheat. Its smoky, savory flavor also makes it a common ingredient found in many hearty stews, soups, and salads.
This ancient ingredient gained popularity in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. Many meals still include this whole grain in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. (Pro Tip: When you mix freekeh and cinnamon together, it’s a match made in heaven! Adding just a sprinkle of cardamom will tie it all together beautifully.)
Buy and Prepare Freekeh?
So, where can you buy freekeh? While it might not be a common find in your regular grocery store, Middle Eastern markets or online platforms like Amazon often stock it. Many health food stores or whole foods markets in your area might carry it too. However, it’s a good idea to call or check their inventory online before heading there to ensure availability and save yourself a wild goose chase.
Once you have your freekeh in hand, make sure to prepare it properly before adding it to this delectable Freekeh Soup. This involves rinsing the grains thoroughly to remove any impurities and then soaking them in warm water for about 20 minutes. This step not only cleans the freekeh but also softens it, reducing its cooking time later on.
Storage and Reheat Instructions
So, you’ve made a successful vat of homemade soup. Congratulations! You can enjoy this delicious concoction for up to 4 days if you store it in the refrigerator with a tight lid. It will last you up to 2 months in the freezer; be sure to let it cool completely before transferring the soup to freezer-safe containers or bags. To reheat, simply add to a saucepan over medium heat.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe!
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