I love to cook when I have the time and as the kids have gotten older, I've been gradually introducing them to other flavors of cooking. Not just Italian or Chinese, but Thai and Mediterrean cooking as well. I recently had the opportunity to try DedeMed's Mediterranean spices and I have to say I am very impressed.
I decided I wanted to try the 7 spices. It is 100% pure spices, including cardamom, allspice and nutmeg. I wanted to make something I had never prepared before and I decided with all of our recent rain and winds, a nice Moroccan Vegetable Soup. Hearty with chunks of beef or lamb, plenty of vegetables and a bit of pasta.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 teaspoons DedeMed's Seven Spice
1 pound beef stew meat, (such as chuck) or lamb stew meat (shoulder or leg), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, or water
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 small turnips, peeled and diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, leaves included, thinly sliced
12 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
8 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 large zucchini, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 ounces angel hair pasta, (capellini), broken into small pieces (about 1/2 cup), or orzo, preferably whole-wheat
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1.Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and Dedemed's Seven Spice; stir to coat. Add meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add broth (or water), tomatoes and their juice, turnips, carrots and celery. Tie parsley and cilantro sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the meat is tender, 45 to 50 minutes.
2.Stir in zucchini and cook, covered, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add pasta and cook until soft, 4 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of pasta. Discard the parsley and cilantro sprigs. Season with salt (start with 1 teaspoon if you’re using beef broth; add more if you’re using water) and pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley and/or cilantro leaves, if desired. Makes about 6 servings of 2 cups each.
My family devoured this soup! The Seven Spice added just the right amount of spicy to the soup and it tastes great! I am excited about trying some of the other spices that DeDeMed's carries!
DedeMed Spice blends are manufactured using the highest quality, premium spices sourced from all over the world. They are expertly blended to provide a balanced, authentic flavor true to their heritage. All of the spice material is fresh, vibrant; and has been cleaned and treated for microbiological contamination. DedeMed Spice Blends are manufactured in a facility that uses Good Manufacturing Practices and currently has a "Superior" Food Safety Rating from the American Institute of Baking.
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