Iranian Noodle Soup

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Soups and Stews

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

  • About

The rustic noodle soup ash-e reshteh is typically served in late March to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, because noodles symbolize good fortune. You can purchase Iranian reshteh—flat, narrow wheat noodles—in Middle Eastern shops or online. Linguine can be substituted.


  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup


  1. Heat ¼ cup oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook onions until caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer half the onions to a bowl and set aside for garnish. Add all the soaked legumes, the turmeric, salt, and pepper to onions in pan and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add 12 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until legumes