The Original Old Country Soup

Course Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Ella Rast


  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1/4 lb dry flat noodles
  • 1/2 cup chick peas
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder or 1 Tbsp whole seed coriander
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt


  1. Saute chopped onion in oil. Form smalls balls of the ground beef and brown in the oil.
  2. Bring 4 cups water to boil, drop in meat balls, noodles, chick peas, beans, spices. Cook until noodles are tender.
  3. Just before serving, add yogurt.

Recipe Notes

Do not reheat or boil once yogurt is added, as that will cause yogurt to separate (this is the note she gave me, but I'll be honest, I've reheated it. The yogurt separates, but it still tastes fine).