Moroccan Semolina (or Cornmeal) Soup Recipe

Semolina (or cornmeal) soup GF

In my native Morocco this is often breakfast. It takes minutes from beginning to end, costs pennies, and it is so satisfying. I have whipped it up countless times when I needed to round out a meal in a jiffy. You can save even more time by grinding the garlic and cilantro in a food processor. If you are making this for breakfast, the quick way, throw in the garlic and the cilantro whole. The garlic will be easy to fish out, or enjoy whole, in your bowl, and you can discard the cilantro at the end of cooking. Gluten-free: Look for brown rice farina, or simply use fine or medium corn meal. For an occasional splurge, add some freshly grated parmesan.


  • 12 cups water
  • A dozen cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro, tough stems cut off
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to taste
  • 11/2 cups coarse semolina (Gluten-free: medium cornmeal)


  • Put all but last ingredient in a heavy pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium. Stir in the grain, pouring gradually. Cover and cook ten more minutes. Adjust the texture and seasonings. Serve hot. Makes a dozen ample servings.

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