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This Lebanese Lamb Soup is a nourishing soup recipe that makes one delicious meal! It’s perfectly hearty and filling thanks to the tender chunks of protein-rich lamb and vermicelli noodles, rice and fresh parsley. Plus it’s a versatile recipe so feel free to add veggies if you’d like.
Lebanese Lamb Soup
Nothing signals the start of winter quite like a comforting soup. After simmering for an hour on the stove top this soup has such a delicious rich flavor and the lamb chucks are so deliciously tender. This is a perfect comforting fall and winter soup, but when you’ve got fresh parsley from your garden to use up in the summer, this soup is a winner!
Ingredients for Lamb Soup Recipe
(Scroll below for full recipe with exact measurements and a printable option)
- Lamb Chunks- Cut into 1-inch cubes
- Olive oil
- Vermicelli noodles
- Middle Eastern spices
- Pine nuts
How to Make this Hearty Lamb Soup:
Sear the lamb. Place a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high and heat the olive oil, then add the lamb cubes, salt and spices and sear until they’re browned on all sides.
Simmer the soup: Add water and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 1 hour or until the lamb is super tender.
Shallow fry the vermicelli noodles: While soup is simmering; place a small frying pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add vermicelli noodles. Cook until golden brown, mixing frequently so they cook evenly.
Shallow fry the pine nuts- if using: place a small frying pan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add pine nuts. Cook until golden brown, mixing frequently so they cook evenly.
Assemble the soup: After one hour of simmering, and when the lamb is tender, add rice, golden vermicelli and fresh chopped parsley. Cook for additional 20-25 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Serve and enjoy! Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Ladle into bowls, garnish with toasted pine nuts and/or chopped parsley, then serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I use instead of lamb leg or shoulder?
If you can’t source lamb leg or shoulder meat, you can also or purchase precut lamb stew meat.
Can I add vegetables to this Lebanese soup?
Yes, you can add you’re favorite veggies, such as carrots and potatoes. Add them in when you add the rice.
Can You Freeze Lamb Stew?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze this Lebanese Lamb stew! I like to freeze it in freezer bags in single servings portions so I can take one portion out for lunches or as much as needed for dinner! Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or you can defrost in the microwave.
What To Serve With Lamb Stew
Lebanese Lamb stew makes a complete meal on its own! We usually serve it with a toasted piece of bread.
More Hearty Soup Recipes to Try!
If you love a hearty soup as much as I do then these recipes below are perfect any day of the year!