Vermicelli Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
This easy vermicelli soup is perfect for lunch, dinner and especially Iftar during the month of Ramadan. It’s made with a handful of ingredients and takes just under an hour. The base can be chicken stock, or keep it vegetarian with vegetable stock.



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, paprika and turmeric and cook to toast the spices, about 2 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in the carrot and potatoes and cook until the vegetables are softened slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the stock followed by 2 cups water. Raise the heat to medium high and bring to a simmer, then lower to medium, cover and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender, 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the vermicelli and peas and cook, uncovered, until the vermicelli is fully cooked, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and add more salt if needed. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice right before serving.

Cook’s Note

To make the soup a little more hearty, add shredded cooked chicken with the vermicelli.