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A fragrant stew-like soup with chunky meat and hearty barley.

Less than 45 minutes

Serves 6

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Ingredients:

Soup:
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) canola or olive oil
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • 1kg lamb stewing meat (such as goulash or knuckles)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 tsp (10ml) ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) tomato paste
  • 5-6 cups (1.25-1.5L) lamb or beef stock
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 1 cup (250ml) pearl barley
  • Handful chopped mint, coriander and/or parsley
  • Yoghurt, for serving
Toasties:
  • 1 jar (100g) red pepper or tomato pesto
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1½ cups (375ml) grated mozzarella cheese

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pot. 
  2. Season lamb and brown in batches. Remove and set aside
  3. Sauté onion in the same pot until soft.
  4. Add garlic and spices and flash fry until fragrant, adding extra oil if needed.
  5. Stir in tomato paste and cook until sticky, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Return meat to pot.
  7. Add stock and orange peel and season.
  8. Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes.
  9. Once meat is soft, remove lid and add barley.
  10. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  11. Stir through herbs.
  12. Spread pesto onto 4 sourdough slices and sprinkle with cheese.
  13. Top with remaining slices and toast in a sandwich press.
  14. Dollop soup with yoghurt and serve with toasties.
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