Based on the classic Middle Eastern/North African dish, only in soup form. Shakshuka Soup is delicious spices simmered with onions, peppers, and lentils, and topped with an egg to create a soul-warming meal.
Shakshuka is one of my very favorite summer dishes, so I’m sort of surprised and disappointed that I haven’t yet posted a classic shakshuka recipe on the blog. It’s so easy, healthy, delish, and flexible, it belongs in almost everyone’s cooking rotation.
I suppose — to be upfront about it — that this isn’t a “classic” version of the famous dish either, but I love making soup out of stuff, especially when it really works!
What is Shakshuka (and Shakshuka Soup)?
I just mentioned that it’s a go-to summer dish at Casa SoupAddict, but really, it’s year-round friendly. I end up making it often in the summer because it’s a one-pot meal filled with summer’s best vegetables.
And also, part of the reason I came up with Shakshuka Soup is to have a version that doesn’t rely so heavily on in-season veggies, for winter and spring enjoyment (same veggies, but spiced up to make up for their less than shining off-season qualities).
- Shakshuka is a dish with Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/North African roots. Traditionally served as breakfast, I think it’s the perfect dinner.
- It features tomatoes and bell peppers, plus a heady blend of cumin, paprika, and spicy cayenne or harissa.
- And, for the piece de resistance, eggs are poached right in the liquids. Breaking apart that yolk is the best part!
- My Shakshuka Soup version features loads of peppers in various forms: diced bells, deeply flavored smoked paprika, sweet Hungarian paprika, and chili powder (all peppers in a former life, lol).
- For extra dinner heft, I added French lentils — which, for you traditionalists who are about to pounce on your keyboards — are in no way traditional, but add lovely body to the soup.
- On a whim, for one batch, I tipped in a glug of creamy coconut milk, and thought the world was going to flip right over. The photos in this post do not reflect that addition, but I highly recommend it! (It’s covered in the recipe below.)
- And of course, eggs are poached right in the soup.
- A sprinkle of feta cheese and fresh parsley over each bowl finishes the soup beautifully.
One of the reasons I love this soup so much — and Shakshuka in general — is that egg on top. And also the fact that it’s effortlessly vegetarian, but you don’t even miss the meat because the soup is so flavorful and textured.
Serve with naan slathered in garlic butter, and enjoy the healthy, spiced feast!
Put an Egg on It: Shakshuka Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon harissa or gochujang sauce*, optional
- 1 tablespoon sugar or maple syrup
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1/3 cup French or black beluga lentils**
- 6 eggs
- splash of milk, cream or coconut milk, optional***
- chopped cilantro or parsley for garnish
- feta cheese for garnish (optional)
- Heat oil over medium in a 4-5 qt Dutch oven or soup pot until shimmering. Sauté the onions and bell peppers until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle paprikas, cumin, chili powder, salt, and flour over the veggies and stir to coat the veggies.
- Add the tomato sauce and hot sauce (if using), along with the sugar, broth and lentils.
- Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes (or, at a minimum, for the time indicated on the lentil package cooking directions).
- Crack the eggs into the soup. They might sink a little - that's okay. Cover with a lid, and continue simmering until the egg whites have set (8 to 15 minutes). Check this by carefully lifting one of the eggs with a wide serving spoon. (Alternatively, you can fry or poach the eggs in a separate pan, and add them to the soup as they finish.)
- Ladle the soup, plus one egg, into 6 bowls. Garnish with cilantro and feta, if using. Serve immediately
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