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Aromatic Lamb and Zucchini Soup


Credit: Lee Holmes

The anti-inflammatory spices turmeric and cinnamon assert themselves beautifully here against the boisterous lamb and sweet zucchini — two winning participants standing shoulder to shoulder to deliver enough protein and fibre to boost immunity and get your digestive system moving.

Serves: 4



  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1kg diced lamb (shoulder or leg), fat trimmed
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp harissa
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2L chicken stock
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to serve
  • Bunch coriander, leaves picked, to serve
  1. Heat half the oil in large frying pan over high heat. Add half the lamb and cook for 5 mins, browning on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining lamb, using same oil.
  2. Heat remaining oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 5–6 mins or until caramelised. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 1–2 mins or until spices are aromatic.
  3. Add lamb and stir to coat in spice mix. Add harissa and zucchini and stir well. Pour in stock and bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour or until lamb is tender.
  4. In a cup, lightly whisk egg, if using. Pour into soup mixture, stirring constantly. Add tomato, spinach and lemon juice, and simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, then purée in batches in food processor or blender. Grind over pepper, garnish with coriander and serve.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.