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Turkish Wedding Soup

4 to 6 Servings

3 hours 40 minutes active

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Turkish wedding soup, called düğün çorbası, not to be mistaken for Turkish bride’s soup (ezorbelin çorbası), traditionally is served at weddings, but is an easy yet elegant meal for any occasion. This version is based on a recipe from Istanbul home cook Emine Nese Daglar, grandmother of chef Cagla Gurses. Lamb neck is the classic choice for Turkish wedding soup; we use easy-to-source shanks instead; if you prefer, beef shank works nicely, too. The shanks are simmered for a couple of hours, yielding a flavorful broth as a soup base, as well as shredded meat for stirring before serving. To lend a velvety feel, the soup is enriched at the finish with a combination of flour, yogurt and egg, and lemon juice is added for a little brightness. And as a final flourish, a garlicky, Aleppo pepper–infused oil and fresh herbs garnish individual bowlfuls.

4 to 6



Don’t cover the pot when simmering the lamb shanks. Allowing some of the liquid to evaporate results in a more flavorful broth.

3 hours

40 minutes active


  • 2

    pounds lamb shanks or 2 pounds beef shank

  • 1

    small yellow onion, quartered and peeled


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Nancy B.
July 3, 2023
Used lambs shanks, herbs made the soup. This is going in the rotation. Comes together in less than 30 minutes. Cook the meat ahead of time.
Frank M.
April 1, 2023
How can this be considered a weeknight meal when I have to cook the lamb/beef for over 2.5 hours? Recipe looks wonderful, but this is not a Tuesday Night meal
David G.
September 22, 2023
This was terrific!