Easy Soup Recipes:
Creamy Chickpea Soup

This was one of the first easy soup recipes I discovered. It is so quick and easy to make that I was converted on the spot and am now a joyful collector of homemade soup recipes!

This soup is hearty, delicious, and economical.

Can't find chickpeas in the store? They are also called garbanzo beans.




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • olive oil
    • dried rosemary
    • prepared vegetable stock
    • canned chickpeas
    • salt
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • onions

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • carrots
  • celery
  • potatoes

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large pot
    • a can opener
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a vegetable peeler or brush
    • a blender

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a metal strainer for draining and rinsing the chickpeas
    • an immersion blender





    The recipe

    1 Tbsp/15 mL olive oil

    1 onion, peeled and diced

    1 carrot, scrubbed and diced

    2 stalks celery, diced

    1 potato, scrubbed and diced

    1 tsp/5 mL dried rosemary

    1 quart/1 litre vegetable stock

    1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

    salt

    pepper

    In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

    Add the onion, carrot and celery.
    Sauté until tender.

    Add the potato, rosemary, stock and chickpeas.

    Cover and bring to a boil.
    Lower heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes).

    If you have an immersion blender, purée the soup right in the pot.

    If you don't, allow the soup to cool a bit, and then transfer it to a regular blender.
    Purée.
    Return it to the pot and reheat.

    Add salt and pepper to taste.




    Substitutions

    • To make this an even more economical meal, soak and cook dried chickpeas instead of using canned. You'll need 2 cups/500 mL of cooked chickpeas.

    • Use about 1 Tbsp/15 mL fresh rosemary instead of dried.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Make your own homemade soup stock.

    • Add your choice of vegetables. How about diced green beans, or some garlic?

    • Add some more spices. How about oregano, or tarragon, or thyme?

    Tips

    • If your potato is thin-skinned, there is no need to peel it. Just give it a good scrub with a vegetable brush.





    Menu suggestion

    Serve this dish with

    • crusty bread

    • a green salad




      If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other easy soup recipes:

      • Miso Soup
      • Split Pea Soup

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