Spinach Soup (Ash-eh Reshteh)

Ash-eh Reshteh is a healthy and hearty vegetarian* soup made with spinach, lentils and beans.  It is traditionally garnished with a dollop of kashk (Persian sour whey very similar to sour cream) and nana dogh (mint oil).

*to be totally vegetarian-friendly, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth

  • 5 Tablespoons  fried onions
  • 2 pounds spinach, washed
  • 6  ounce (half a package) reshteh noodles
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 can white or red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric spice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sour cream or kashk (optional)
  • Garnish with Nana Dogh (recipe below)

In a large pot combine fried onions, turmeric, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas and chicken broth.  Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Open the lid, slowly stir in spinach and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes more.

Lower the temperature to “low” heat, add in noodles, salt and pepper and cook for final 10 minutes.  Add more water if necessary.

Optional – garnish with a dollop of kashk or sour cream and top with nana dogh (mint oil).


Nana Dogh

  • 2 tablespoon dried mint
  • 1 table spoon of cooking oil

Heat oil and mint in the microwave on high for 1 minute.  Set aside for 5 minutes to allow oil to absorb mint flavor.  Done!

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4 thoughts on “Spinach Soup (Ash-eh Reshteh)

  1. miss p says:

    Reblogged this on A FRESH START and commented:
    one of my favorites that I haven’t had since I was very young….

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  3. Daria says:

    hearty vegetarian soup
    32 ounces chicken broth

    hmmm i think i got concept of “vegetarian” wrong :))

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