Addictive Hearty Chickpea Soup Is a Fast and Easy Meal

This chickpea soup recipe is one I actually made up based on a few others! It started out as a ham and chickpea soup recipe but evolved into a just-as-hearty meal without the ham. Here’s how my hearty chickpea soup recipe came to be. It is fast and easy to make. I don’t like complicated recipes!

Hearty Chickpea Soup

Back in November my fiance and I were enjoying socially distanced cocktails with another couple outdoors. To stay warm, we were wrapped in blankets and sitting around a fire pit sipping our wine. Our hostess Chrissy asked us if we’d like a bowl of her soup. She said she made it with leftover ham from Thanksgiving. She brought us piping hot bowls of the most delicious ham and bean soup I ever had! It was thick, slightly sweet and salty and topped with a few large crunchy homemade croutons. It was so good and warmed us to the core! She told me she used organic ham, onion, garlic, carrots, celery and chickpeas instead of the white beans used in most ham soup recipes. It was indeed the chickpeas that added such a yummy flavor!

Adding Chickpeas To Soup Recipes

So when I was using up my spiral ham bone from Christmas to make my annual ham and bean soup, I thought of Chrissy’s excellent soup recipe. I decided to use chickpeas (right out of a can) instead of the great northern white beans that I usually use for my recipe. Not only did it save time, my ham soup was better than ever!

Ham Free Chickpea Soup

Days later (like the next day) we were craving the chickpea soup and had to have it again. This time I thought, why not skip the ham bone and just make the soup with vegetables? I still felt it would need some kind of broth so I used low sodium chicken broth and made sure I used a lot of Vidalia onion. I think the combination of the onion and chickpeas is where all the flavor comes in. You can add garlic too, but I prefer only onion.

To thicken the soup, I pureed half of the chickpeas. And to make it even thicker, and to mimic my and bean recipe, I broke up some thin spaghetti and added it right into the soup. I used celery and a lot of carrots too. When I tasted it I actually though it had ham in it. It reminded me very much of my ham and bean soup, only without the ham so there is less fat and sodium.

A Fast and Easy Meal

The soup doesn’t take very long to make either! It is ready in an hour but I like to keep it in a pot on the stove longer. It is totally addictive! If you eat a bowl for lunch you may like another cup before dinner. I also included a recipe card below without the spaghetti too in case you want cut down on the carbs. But either way, this is packed with protein and keeps you satisfied. It is a meal in itself.

This hearty chickpea soup is the perfect meal in a bowl on a cold winter day!

Hearty Chickpea Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes  | Cook time: 45 minutes  | Total Time: 1 hour

12 Servings

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Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
1 medium size Vadalia onion
3 stalks of celery
1 teaspoon steak seasoning
2 large cans – 29 oz. chick peas (garbanzo beans), strained
2 cups organic carrots, shredded or chips
32 oz. low sodium chicken broth
1/4 lb of thin spaghetti broken to approximately 2” long pieces
sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt

Directions

1. Chop onion and celery (doesn’t have to be perfect). Saute with steak seasoning in the olive oil in a large dutch oven or 5 qt saucepan until tender. Keep heat on low.

2. Strain 1 can of garbanzo beans and add about 1 cup of chicken broth and puree in a blender or food processor.

3. Add the rest off the chicken broth to the onion and celery and the pureed garbanzo beans and mix.

4. Heat to a low boil. Stir in the carrots and the remaining can of garbanzo beans.

5. Break up thin spaghetti into 2” long pieces and add to the pot. Continue to cook until the carrots and spaghetti get tender, about 15 minutes longer.

6. Turn off heat and leave in the pan for another 15 minutes and serve! I like to add a sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt to each bowl of hearty chickpea soup. It’s spicy and hot so use very sparingly!

Notes: You can add in other vegetables such as red pepper, spinach or zucchini. Substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth for vegetarian, or make it with a ham bone and a quart of water instead of broth.

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pureed chickpeas

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Yield: 12

Hearty Chickpea Soup

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This delcious chickpea soup is ready in an hour!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 medium size Vadalia onion
  • 
3 stalks of celery

  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning

  • 2 large cans - 29 oz. chick peas (garbanzo beans), strained
  • 2 cups organic carrots, shredded or chips

  • 32 oz. low sodium chicken broth
  • 
1/4 lb of thin spaghetti broken to approximately 2” long pieces
  • 
sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt

Instructions

    1. Chop up onion and celery. Saute with steak seasoning in the olive oil in a large dutch oven or 5 qt saucepan until tender. Keep heat on low.

    2. Strain 1 can of garbanzo beans and add about 1 cup of chicken broth and puree in a blender or food processor.

    3. Add the rest off the chicken broth to the onion and celery and the pureed garbanzo beans and mix.

    4. Heat to a low boil. Stir in the carrots and the remaining can of garbanzo beans.

    5. Break up thin spaghetti into 2'' long pieces and add to the pot.  Continue to cook until the carrots and spaghetti get tender, about 15 minutes longer.

    6. Turn off heat and leave in the pan for another 15 minutes and serve! I like to add a sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt to each bowl of hearty chickpea soup. It’s spicy and hot so use very sparingly!

Notes

Add in other vegetables such as red pepper, spinach or zucchini. Substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth for vegetarian, or make it with a ham bone and a quart of water instead of broth.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 12gSugar: 8gProtein: 15g
Yield: 12

Hearty Chickpea Soup Lower Carb

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This hearty chickpea soup is a meal in itself.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 medium size Vadalia onion
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 
1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 
2 large cans - 29 oz. chick peas (garbanzo beans), strained
  • 
2 cups organic carrots, shredded or chips

  • 32 oz. low sodium chicken broth
  • sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt

Instructions

    1. Chop up onion and celery. Saute with steak seasoning in the olive oil in a large dutch oven or 5 qt saucepan until tender. Keep heat on low.

    2. Strain 1 can of garbanzo beans and add about 1 cup of chicken broth and puree in a blender or food processor.

    3. Add the rest off the chicken broth to the onion and celery and the pureed garbanzo beans and mix.

    4. Heat to a low boil. Stir in the carrots and the remaining can of garbanzo beans.

    5. Continue to cook until the carrots get tender, about 15 minutes longer.

    6. Turn off heat and leave in the pan for another 15 minutes and serve! I like to add a sprinkle of Sriracha sea salt to each bowl of hearty chickpea soup. It’s spicy and hot so use very sparingly!

Notes

Add in other vegetables such as red pepper, spinach or zucchini. Substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth for vegetarian, or make it with a ham bone and a quart of water instead of broth.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 12gSugar: 8gProtein: 14g

Carol Calacci

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