Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
DirectionsActive time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1½ hours
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add beef, 1 tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until no juices remain and meat is browned, about 10 minutes.
Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, garlic, carrot, onion, and ½ tsp. salt and cook until vegetables are softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until beef is just tender, about 45 minutes; skim off and discard any foam on surface while cooking, if needed.
Add chickpeas, spaghetti, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper and continue to cook, covered, until spaghetti is al dente, 10 to 15 minutes more.
To serve: Season to taste with salt and pepper, then ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro (if using) and lemon wedges on the side.
Freeze up to 8 weeks.
From the January 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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