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Beet & Tahini Soup with Pine Nut Za’atar

I want to stay true to one of my New Year’s resolutions which includes cooking more meals that highlight new (to me) spices and ingredients. I’ve been experimenting with the middle eastern spice blend za’atar for a few months now and it has quickly become a staple in my everyday cooking. I add this delicious blend to everything from scrambled eggs, to hummus, avocado toast and even sprinkled on sliced apples. This stuff is the bomb! If you live in a small town like we do then you probably can’t find this blend (or even all the ingredients for it) at your local small store. The great news is that you can easily order it online. The spice blend ingredients can vary but the majority have a combination of dried herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. It’s heavenly.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you already know that beets hold a special place in my heart. I joke with friends and strangers that I became a farmer for the sole purpose of growing as many beets as my little heart desires. I love this earthy vegetable more than any other crop we grow.

This simple soup is a breeze to whip up. I love how the earthy beets pair with the tangy tahini and strong bite from the za’atar. The pine nuts add a nice crunch and nuttiness that ties the whole thing together. I was inspired to make the pine nut za’atar and tahini drizzle from the blog My Darling Lemon Thyme. 

I hope you all enjoy this healthy and gorgeous soup as much as we do. If you have some crusty bread on hand I highly recommend dunking some into the soup like we did. It was divine.  Grab a spoon and dig in!

Beet & Tahini Soup with Pine Nut Za'atar

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30-40 minutes    Serves: 4-6

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large leek, roughly chopped, white and light green parts only
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • small pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 medium sized purple beets, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 4-5 cups vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (save the extra from the can to add to smoothies or your morning coffee!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced parsley for serving
For the Tahini:
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon water
Pine Nut Za'atar:
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 3 Tablespoons za'atar

Preparation

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leek and onion and cook until beginning to soften. About 5 minutes. Add the garlic, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Cook until fragrant, stirring often. About 3 minutes. Stir in the beets and add the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the beets are tender and cooked through. About 25 minutes. Carefully puree the soup with an immersion blender (or in batches transfer the soup to a blender). Stir in the coconut milk and season to taste with salt and pepper. Taste test and adjust seasonings if need be.
  2. While soup cooks prepare the tahini sauce. Combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth. This works best with an immersion blender. Taste test and adjust seasonings as need be.
  3. Mix the toasted pine nuts with the za'atar in a shallow bowl.
  4. Divide the soup among bowls. Drizzle with the tahini and top each bowl with a tablespoon of the pine nut mixture. Add minced parsley and enjoy!

Notes

*Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Always taste test as you go.


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22 thoughts on “Beet & Tahini Soup with Pine Nut Za’atar

  1. This is SOOOOOO PRETTY + healthy that I can’t wait to make it very SOON 🙂
    Thank you SO SO MUCH for sharing 🙂

  2. cynthia says:

    So stunning and so vibrant!! I can just imagine how well the za’atar and tahini go with beets… yum. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Andrea says:

      you’re welcome!

  3. June Burns says:

    What a gorgeous soup! It sounds delicious too, love the zaatar flavors 🙂

  4. Faygie says:

    I love beets, I love tahini, and I love za’atar. This soup is going to be on next week’s menu for sure. It looks incredible!!

    1. Andrea says:

      If you love all those ingredients I think this soup has your name written all over it! Enjoy!

      1. Faygie says:

        I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! Even my almost 4-year-old gobbled it up.

  5. I just borrowed the book Jerusalem from the library, and they use za’atar in just about every recipe. I’ve been looking for it but have been unsuccessful. This soup is absolutely stunning. Pinned.

  6. Hah! An excellent reason to become a farmer 😉 This looks GORGEOUS, can’t wait to try it <3

    1. Andrea says:

      I hope you give it a whirl and enjoy it as much as we do!

  7. Ale says:

    Wow! It is so beautiful. It is a true confirmation that love comes with first sight, can’t wait to try it.

  8. I can’t stop staring, it’s gorgeous!

  9. I LOVE the vibrancy of this soup. And I’m pretty much tahini-obsessed, so this sounds like a winner to me.

  10. Love how gorgeous this soup is! And the addition of the tahini is genius! Can’t wait to make this myself!

  11. Jean says:

    I have been playing around with za’atar, too and love it. I have one that I brought back from Israel and also found one here made by a Palestinian women’s cooperative that is wonderful. It’s great on all kinds of proteins as well I am thinking beet chips sprinkled with it would be good, too. Try it on popcorn.

    1. Andrea says:

      Jean! You may just have created my next blog post. Za’atar beet chips! Love it. We got a bunch of local popcorn for Christmas and I love the idea of sprinkling za’atar on it. Next date night in that’s going to be our treat. Have you tried it on eggs yet? That’s one of my favorites!

  12. love that my post inspired this! Tahini and beets together are my fav xx

  13. kelli says:

    this is gorgeous!

  14. Valeria says:

    What beautiful photography, Andrea! I love all things beets, will be giving this a try! Thank you for sharing ~

  15. chantelle says:

    I just love everything you make, this is so stunning! Ah glorious beets!

  16. Anu says:

    This bee soup looks super gorgeous, so vibrant and delicious. Loved it! 🙂 🙂

  17. Prajitura says:

    looks awesome, color and perfect taste in a plate simply wonderful.

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