Skip to main content

Ash-e Reshteh (Persian Noodle Soup)


Saturdays are Soup Suppers at our home. We often experiment with new recipes on these days. Tonight we tried our hand at Persian Noodle Soup, or Ash-e Reshteh. I used two differing recipes as inspiration- one from Saveur Magazine and the other from Najmieh Batmanglij’s A Taste of Persia cookbook. My adapted recipe combining the best of both follows below.

Serves 4. About 45 minutes to prepare.

olive oil

3 small onions, peeled and thinly sliced

5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 cup white wine

1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 can small white beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup small green lentils, rinsed

6 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 T dried dill weed

1 /4 pound ground beef

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups dried egg noodles

1 T dried mint leaves, crushed

Plain Greek Yogurt

salt and pepper

In a large dutch oven heat 2 T oil over medium heat. Add 2/3rds of the sliced onion (salt them lightly) and fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and using the wine to deglaze the pan as needed. Add the turmeric, more salt and pepper to taste, and 2/3rds of the garlic and continue to saute until golden brown. Add the peas, beans, and lentils and the broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the garnish. Saute the remaining onion (salt them lightly) in a bit of olive oil until golden, adding the remaining garlic near the end of cooking as you did before, and using the wine to deglaze as before. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with the mint leaves. Set aside.

Next, make the meatballs. Combine beef, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a metal bowl, shaping into small globes a quarter in diameter. Saute in a 1/4 cup of olive oil until cooked through. Set aside.

Add the egg noodles and meatballs to the soup and cook until noodles are tender- less than 10 minutes. Sprinkle dill into soup, and stir. Adjust soup for flavor with salt and pepper as needed.

Serve tableside as follows: ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of yogurt and a T of the onion garnish. Soup can be served with flatbread or dinner rolls and butter.


Popular posts from this blog

Board Game Review: Hues and Cues

Last week we received Hues and Cues from The Op Games. We recently finished playing through Scooby-Doo Escape from the Haunted Mansion (a fantastic game in The Op Games catalogue designed by Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim, and Kami Mandell that you should absolutely pick up to play with your family) and wanted to give another game from the same publisher a go. I picked Hues and Cues because I’ve been pleasantly surprised by other “test whether our minds think the same way” games such as The Mind   and Wavelength. In Hues and Cues , players gather around a large central board comprised of 480 graduating colors of the rainbow surrounded by an x-y axis and scoring table. White and black (which are technically not colors) are conspicuously absent as are shades (mixtures of color + black; e.g., grey) and tints (mixtures of color + white; e.g., cream).  On each player’s turn, they draw a card with four colors and the x-y axis codes of those colors depicted and they select one. They are in the

Board Game Review: Obsessed with Obsession

I'm completely obsessed with Obsession! I received a review copy of the updated second edition along with all the expansions (Wessex, Useful Man, Upstairs Downstairs) and from the moment I took everything out of the boxes, my excitement was over the top. Actually, that's not even the half of it - I remember I was already quite excited before the game even arrived. I'd wanted to get my hands on a copy as soon as I learned there was a game that brought the lifestyle that we all fell in love with watching Downton Abbey to the gaming table. Back in 2021, I was having a great time at the Dice Tower Summer Retreat and a new friend Bonnie sang the praises of Obsession. She had seen me eyeing the box on the shelf and gave me a summary of the game mechanics as she owned the first edition. She explained that the theme is centered on running an estate in Derbyshire and competing against others to have the best home, reputation, gentry guests, etc. Based on her enthusiasm and descripti

Board Game Review: Anno 1800

Whenever Martin Wallace designs a new game, I am all over it. This is because I absolutely love Brass Birmingham (another MW designed game); in fact Brass Birmingham is my #1 board game of all time. Over the years, his other games I've tried have been pretty good, but not necessarily amazing must-buys. Still, I keep trying each new release of his, searching for that next star performer. That's why I'm excited to report that Anno 1800 is, in fact, a star performer, and an amazing must-buy board game. Anno 1800 was adapted by the publisher (Kosmos) from a Ubisoft video game of the same name. In the board game, players take on the role of industrialists, charged with developing their island economies and exploring other islands. Each player begins the game with a personal industry board with trade & exploration ships, a shipyard, and industrial goods tiles printed on the board. A starting collection of workers (wooden cubes) of various types to produce the goods is a