North African Soup (Vegetarian)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"A very hearty soup with flavors of North Africa. Lamb or beef could be added if you don't want vegetarian."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (745.4 g)
  • Calories 413.2
  • Total Fat - 15.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 99.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 66.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 18.5 g
  • Sugars - 22 g
  • Protein - 11.3 g
  • Calcium - 203.3 mg
  • Iron - 6.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 97.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven type pan over medium heat. Fry the onions until tender in the olive oil.

Step 2

Stir in the paprika. Add about 1 cup water to prevent onions and paprika from burning.

Step 3

Add carrots, garlic, tomato paste, tomatoes, cilantro (or parsley), turmeric and cinnamon and more water to cover.

Step 4

Simmer until the carrots begin to get slightly tender; add the potatoes and more water, if necessary, to cover. Simmer for about 1/2 hour.

Step 5

Add garbanzo beans and lemon juice. Adjust the amount of broth by adding more water if necessary. Simmer until beans are heated through.

Step 6

Adjust flavor by adding salt and pepper, if needed.

Step 7

Divide between 2 large bowls and garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I did tweak this, but it came out super. I subbed broth for the water (and doubled it), used less oil and paprika and only 1/8 teaspoon of the cinnamon for DH's taste. The flavors were wonderful together. I would say this probably could serve 4. It was a great meal.

review by:
(19 Jun 2015)


Very tasty, Very healthy, Very easy soup! I started to make this and realized I was out of tomato paste so had to sub ketchup and it worked. I added some chicken bouillon and did use extra water. I used half hot Hungarian paprika and half sweet Hungarian paprika...I had forgotten how spicy hot the hot one is, so that was a mistake on my part, as it was almost too hot to eat for me. I did cool it down with some feta cheese and sour cream which was good with it. If I had it, this would have been wonderful with cucumber raita and naan. I would say this makes 4 servings. Freddy Cat says thanks for the soup! Made for the Healthy recipe tag game.

review by:
(14 Mar 2012)