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Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup

This Moroccan-inspired chickpea soup is perfect for a cold winter day!  It’s wholesome, hearty, nutritious, easy, economical – what could be better?  Make a pot and enjoy it soon.

How Nutritious is Chickpea Soup?

  • Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans as I prefer to say – GarBanZo!) are an excellent source of both protein and fiber.
  • Tomatoes add lycopene = antioxidant and cancer fighter.
  • Spinach is nutrient rich and low in calories.
  • Turmeric, garlic and onion are all anti-inflammatory

Ingredients for Chickpea Soup

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel (or fennel seed if you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (mild or hot, your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes, in juice
  • 3 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 quart stock (low sodium chicken or vegetable)
  • salt & pepper to taste (depends on taste as well as stock used)
  • 5 ounces clean fresh spinach, roughly chopped

Method for Chickpea Soup

  • Assemble all ingredients.  Measure all dried spices into one small bowl.

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  • Heat a large pot with lid to medium high heat.  When hot enough to sizzle, add 1-2 tablespoons oil and onion.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes until it begins to soften.

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  • Add garlic and dried spices.  Stir and cook for 30seconds to 1 minutes until aromas release, careful not to burn.

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  • Add chopped tomatoes and stir to combine, bring to simmer.

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  • Stir in stock, return to simmer and then add chickpeas.

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  • Return to simmer, reduce to low heat and cook, covered for 45 minutes.
  • Smash some of chickpeas with back of wooden spoon to release starches and make it creamier (or use an emersion blender to partially break up).
  • Season with salt & pepper.
  • Add spinach, cook additional 5-10 minutes until it’s wilted and soup is hot.

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Bon Appetit Y’all.

Note:  it’s one of those that gets better when it sits for a day and you reheat!

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