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Chickpea Vegetable Soup

I love me some chickpeas. Chickpea hummus, chickpea tagine, chickpeas roasted, chickpeas, chickpeas, chickpeas. The way they pop when you put them in your mouth, kind of like an explosion each time you chomp down on one. And let’s not forget how crazy good for you are these amazing beans. When I was nursing, my mother-in-law was always pushing the chickpeas on me, not that she had to work too hard. They are really good for milk production. They have lots of protein (good for a vegetarian meal), great source of fiber, heart healthy and helps stabilize blood sugar. Is this not enough to convince you of the wonder of chickpeas?

Chickpea Vegetable Soup

Chickpea Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves yes, 4
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 celery stalks large chunks
  • 3 carrots or a handful baby carrots
  • 2-3 tomatoes large chunks
  • 1 potato I didn't have potatoes so I used cauliflower, large chunks
  • 6 cups stock
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 can or 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked overnight

Instructions

    Sauté onion in oil until translucent then add garlic.
    Add spices and stir for 2 minutes.
    Add remaining ingredients and cook on stovetop 30-45 min until vegetables are fork-tender.
    Remove vegetables and place in blender or processor and blend until smooth. Return to broth and chickpeas and mix until blended.
    Serve with crusty bread.

Notes

I like to use chunky veggies and then purée them at the end, but you can chop the veggies smaller and have it more like a soup rather than stew.
This is a great "refrigerator soup" made with leftovers. Also freezes well for a make-ahead meal!

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Lori

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

How much of the chickpeas do you add? I don't see them mentioned in the ingredients list. Thanks!

Vicki Finn

Thursday 31st of October 2013

Oops! Yeah, that would be good if I added that ingredient! I usually eyeball it, but about 1 can or 1 cup dried, soaked overnight.

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