Sharba (Libyan soup)

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Sharba (Libyan soup)
Sharba (Libyan soup)
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Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:329
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:17th January 2013
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This famous Libyan soup includes pasta, which reflects the Italian influence on the cuisine of Libya.

Ingredients

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Method

  1. Heat the smen or oil in a pan and fry the onion and lamb until the lamb is browned all over and the onion is soft and lightly golden.
  2. Stir in the parsley, then add the tomatoes, tomato purée, salt and spices.
  3. Fry for about 4 minutes, or until the spices release their aroma, stirring constantly, then add just enough water to cover the contents of the pan.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender.
  5. Add more water, as desired, then stir in the orzo.
  6. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the pasta is tender (about 12 minutes).
  7. Stir in the lemon juice then ladle into bowls and garnish with dried mint leaves

Serving suggestions

Serve with bread.

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