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Easy Chickpea Soup – A Mediterranean Cuisine To Try

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Chickpea soup, a hearty and nourishing blend, captivates with its rich tapestry of flavors. Tender chickpeas, the star, swim in a savory broth, enriched with tomatoes, onions, and carrots. Aromatic spices like cumin and coriander weave through each spoonful, offering a warm, earthy undertone. This soup, both simple and profound, serves as a comforting embrace, inviting all to savor its wholesome, robust essence.

As the weather gets colder, this is the perfect excuse to start making your favorite soups to keep you warm.

If you want to make a comforting but delicious meal, then consider this chickpea soup. It is full of nutritional goodness and takes under 30 minutes to create. 

Chickpea Soup

If this soup sounds ideal, you have come to the perfect place. In this article, we will provide you with simple to follow steps. This is an entirely gluten-free and vegan recipe you need to try.

Read on to learn how to make chickpea soup in just 30 minutes.  

WHAT IS CHICKPEA SOUP?

Chickpea soup is a hearty, wholesome dish made primarily from chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Originating from Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, this soup combines chickpeas with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a medley of cumin and coriander.

The result is a rich, flavorful broth with tender chickpeas that offer texture and nourishment. Often garnished with olive oil or fresh herbs, chickpea soup is a comforting, nutritious choice for many.

Chickpea Soup

CAN YOU VARY THE RECIPE WITH OTHER INGREDIENTS? 

  • Keto Replace chickpeas with low-carb vegetables like zucchini or cauliflower. Add more fats, perhaps through avocado or coconut cream.
  • Paleo Use fresh, organic vegetables. Avoid any canned goods. Consider adding bone broth for added nutrition.
  • Gluten-Free Chickpea soup is naturally gluten-free, but always check the vegetable broth for any hidden gluten or additives.
  • Whole30 Stick to fresh ingredients, omit legumes, and add more vegetables or compliant protein like chicken.
  • Vegetarian & Vegan The base chickpea soup recipe is vegetarian. To make it vegan, ensure the broth is plant-based and avoid dairy toppings.
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RECIPE DIRECTIONS

Softening Veggies

  • Heat vegetable or avocado oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Mix in the herbs.

Chickpeas & Broth

  • Add drained chickpeas, lemon juice, and vegetable broth.
  • Stir, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Thickening

  • Blend 1/3 of the soup until creamy.
  • Return to the pot and mix.

Final Touches

Chickpea Soup

VARIATIONS, ADD-ONS, AND TOPPINGS 

Variations

  • Spices: Try smoked paprika, cumin, or turmeric for a twist.
  • ProteinIncorporate chicken, tofu, or sausage for added richness.

Add-Ons

  • Grains: Quinoa or brown rice can enhance texture and heartiness.
  • Veggies: Spinach, bell peppers, or zucchini add freshness and color.
  • Legumes: Blend in lentils or black beans for added depth.

Toppings

  • Herbs: Fresh cilantro, dill, or basil can lift the flavor.
  • Creaminess: A dollop of yogurt, coconut milk, or vegan cream adds smoothness.
  • CrunchToasted almonds, croutons, or pumpkin seeds provide a bite.
  • Heat: Drizzle chili oil or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a kick.
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CAN I MAKE CHICKPEA SOUP IN A SLOW COOKER OR INSTANT POT? 

SLOW COOKER

  • Prep: Sauté the vegetables in a pan until slightly softened. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour in chickpeas, herbs, and vegetable broth.
  • Cook: Set on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. This slow melding enhances flavors.
  • Thicken & Serve: Before serving, blend a portion of the soup to thicken, then return to the pot. Stir in kale and adjust seasonings.

INSTANT POT

  • Sauté Mode: Use this setting to soften the vegetables.
  • Pressure Cook: Add ingredients and set on high pressure for 15 minutes. Quick release, blend a portion and adjust seasonings.
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CAN I USE STORE BOUGHT BROTH, OR SHOULD I MAKE MY OWN? 

STORE-BOUGHT BROTH

  • Convenience: It’s quick and easy, especially for impromptu cooking sessions.
  • Variety: Available in several versions, like low-sodium, organic, or flavored.
  • Consistency: It offers a predictable taste every time.
  • Caution: Check for additives, MSG, or high sodium. Opt for reputable brands with clean ingredient lists.

HOMEMADE BROTH

  • Flavor Control: Customize according to your preferences.
  • Nutrition: Extract maximum nutrients from fresh ingredients.
  • Economical: Utilize veggie scraps or leftover bones.
  • No Additives: Completely natural without preservatives.
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HOW TO SERVE ? 

  • Right Temperature: Serve it hot. Gently reheat it to maintain flavor and texture if it’s cooled down.
  • Fresh Garnish: A sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro adds color and a burst of freshness.
  • Acidity Spike: A squeeze of fresh lemon just before serving can enhance its depth.
  • Crusty Companion: To complement its texture, offer slices of warm, crusty bread or pita on the side.
  • Olive Oil Drizzle: A dash of high-quality olive oil on top can boost its richness and shine.
  • Bowl Choice: Serve in pre-warmed bowls to retain heat.
  • Customization: Set out toppings like yogurt, chili flakes, or croutons, allowing guests to personalize.
Chickpea Soup

PERFECT SIDE DISHES

  • Crusty Bread: A warm, crusty loaf of bread is ideal for dipping into the rich broth, soaking up all the delicious flavors.
  • Quinoa Salad: A light and refreshing quinoa salad with lemon dressing complements the soup’s richness and adds a protein-packed crunch.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Seasonal vegetables, roasted to perfection, bring a sweet and earthy balance to the meal.
  • Cucumber Tomato Salad: This fresh, tangy salad cuts through the soup’s density, adding a burst of freshness.
  • Sautéed Greens: Greens like spinach or kale, sautéed with garlic, offer a nutrient-dense side that contrasts beautifully with the creamy chickpeas.
  • Rice Pilaf: A fragrant rice pilaf, seasoned with herbs and spices, acts as a fluffy bed to spoon the soup over, creating a fulfilling meal.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially feta or goat cheese, provides a creamy, tangy element that pairs wonderfully with the soup’s flavors.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich: For a comforting addition, a crispy grilled cheese sandwich makes an irresistible companion for dipping into the soup.
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Storage & Make Ahead

  • Storage: Allow the chickpea soup to cool before transferring it into airtight containers. It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze the soup for up to 6 months, ensuring it retains its flavors and nutritional value.
  • Reheating: Thaw frozen soup in the refrigerator overnight. Warm it on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally. You may need to add a little water or broth to adjust consistency.
  • Make Ahead: This soup benefits from being made ahead, as the flavors develop and deepen when allowed to meld. Prepare it a day or two before you plan to serve it. Reheat gently, adjusting the seasoning as necessary, to enrich the taste. Making the soup ahead of time not only enhances its flavor but also offers convenience for meal planning.
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Tips

  • Soak Chickpeas Overnight: For dried chickpeas, soaking reduces cooking time and improves texture.
  • Sauté Aromatics: Begin by sautéing onions, garlic, and carrots to build a flavorful base.
  • Use Quality Broth: Opt for homemade or high-quality store-bought broth for a richer taste.
  • Incorporate Spices Early: Add spices like cumin and coriander early to allow their flavors to infuse the soup.
  • Adjust Consistency: Puree a portion of the soup if you prefer a thicker, creamier texture.
  • Lemon Juice Finish: Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving to enhance the flavors with a bright acidity.
  • Garnish Wisely: Top with fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, or a sprinkle of chili flakes for added depth and presentation.
  • Cook Chickpeas Thoroughly: Ensure chickpeas are fully cooked to softness for the best texture.
Easy Chickpea Soup - A Mediterranean Cuisine To Try

Easy Chickpea Soup - A Mediterranean Cuisine To Try

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Course: soup recipe
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

200

kcal

Chickpea soup is a hearty, rich blend of nutritious chickpeas, aromatic herbs, and fresh vegetables. It offers a delightful balance of texture and flavors, making it a comfort food and a healthful choice.

Ingredients

  • 15 Ounce 15 Chickpeas (Drained)

  • 1 Cup 1 Kale (Finely Chopped)

  • 2 Tablespoons 2 Vegetable Or Avocado Oil

  • 1 Large 1 Carrot (Chopped)

  • 1 Large 1 Celery Stalk (Chopped)

  • 1 Liter 1 Vegetable Broth

  • 1 Medium 1 Onion (Chopped)

  • 4 4 Garlic Cloves (Finely Chopped)

  • 2 2 Bay Leaves

  • 2 Tablespoons 2 Lemon Juice

  • ½ Teaspoon ½ Dried Thyme

  • ½ Teaspoon ½ Oregano

  • Salt And pepper (To Taste)

Step-By-Step Directions

  • Soften The Vegetables
    Heat either vegetable or avocado oil in a large pot on medium to high heat. Then add your onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. After that, combine the herbs with the vegetables.
  • Add The Chickpeas In
    Now you can combine drained chickpeas in your can and mix everything. At this point, add the lemon juice and vegetable broth. Give everything a final stir and cover the pot with a lid.
    Simmer the contents of the pot for around 15 minutes.
  • Thicken The Soup
    After this time, you can thicken the soup. Take 1/3 of the chickpea soup out and put it in the blender to thicken it. Blend this mixture until it is creamy and smooth. Then place the mixture back into your large pot and stir everything together.
  •  Season And Serve
    Once your soup has thickened, you can add in your chopped kale. Now, sample the soup and add salt and pepper to taste. Then add some fresh parsley and serve the soup while it's hot.
  • Equipment List
  • Large Pot
  • Chef's Knife
  • Blender or Immersion Blender
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Ladle
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Garlic Press

Notes

  • If using dried chickpeas, remember to account for soaking time.
  • Adjust consistency by adding broth or water as needed.
  • Consider a dash of chili flakes or smoked paprika for an extra kick.
  • To boost the protein content, consider adding diced chicken or tofu.
  • Best served hot and can be garnished with fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil for added flavor.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and, when using vegetable broth, vegans as well.
  • It can be made gluten-free by ensuring the broth used is gluten-free.

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