Afghan Noodle Soup, also known as Aush
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Afghan
Serves: 6 generous portions
  • A lug of olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Chicken boullion to taste
  • 1 pound dried pasta (fettuccini or farfale work well)
  • Ground black pepper and/or crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Dried mint for garnish (note: don’t skip the mint! It may seem like an unusual flavor to add to this soup, but it seriously works!)
  1. Heat a generous lug of olive oil in a big soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, and the onions, and sauté until they begin to brown.
  2. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
  3. Next, add the ground meat, and cook until almost completely done.
  4. Stir in the turmeric, coriander, and tomato paste.
  5. Add just enough water to make it look like a soup. At this point, it will be bland, so sprinkle in enough chicken bouillon to make it taste a little overly salty, along with black pepper and/or crushed red pepper to taste.
  6. Bring the soup up to a boil, add the dried pasta, and give it a stir so that the pasta can absorb all that spicy, salty goodness.
  7. Stir in the garbanzo beans and kidney beans, along with enough water to bring it back to a soupy consistency.
  8. Bring everything back up to a boil, and cook until the pasta is tender.
  9. Give it all a taste, and adjust the spices or add salt as desired. As Sabrina puts it, “This is the fun of Afghan cuisine – Our recipes get passed down by observation, not paper, and every time I make this dish, the amount of spice I use may change.”
  10. Meanwhile, combine the yogurt and sour cream. Mix a small amount of the hot soup into the dairy to temper it and prevent curdling, then stir the dairy into the soup.
  11. Serve the delicious, steaming bowls of hot Aush with a generous sprinkling of dried mint on the top.
Recipe by Taste Of The Place at