Persian noodle soup, or Ash-e-reshteh, is a hearty country stew often served for Norooz, the Persian New Year, but you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy it, especially if you’re on a... neutropenic diet. It’s a hearty meal in a bowl, full of fiber, calcium, protein, and spices. Don’t be put off by the ingredient list, it’s actually pretty easy to make.
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil with scallions and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes or until the garlic starts to soften.
Add the turmeric. Cook for a minute to blend the flavors. Add the lentils, parsley, cilantro, spinach, and a pinch of salt. Stir to mix. Add the stock, bring to a boil then turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Add the spaghettini. Simmer for 10 minutes more.
Meanwhile, over a medium high flame, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onions until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the mint and cook 1 minute more. Set aside.
Add chickpeas, kidney beans, and navy beans to the soup and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for salt. The soup is ready. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and fried onions.