Vegan Chickpea and Rosemary Soup

from The Perfect Blend cookbook

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Nut Free
    Nut Free
  • Soy Free
    Soy Free
  • Processor

from The weather has finally turned in Southern California! As much as I mourn the loss of balmy summer nights, daylight savings, and sunshine, I do look forward to cuddling up in front of the fire with a delicious bowl of steaming soup.

Soup is the ultimate comfort food - quick, easy, hearty, and nourishing, and so easy to throw together.

I’ve been serving up this little gem since my college days, and it never goes out of style. On the table in under 20 minutes, it’s one of my go-to last-minute lifesavers when I’ve got no energy and virtually nothing in the way of fresh food on hand!

This soup is low in fat, but high in flavor (add the boosters in any combination for even more). Knock up the nutrition and satiating quality by throwing in some leafy greens, celery, carrots, and zucchini. Or go hearty if you like, with a scoop of whole grains or pasta.

This soup is blendsational.

Vegan Chickpea and Rosemary Soup

Vegan Chickpea and Rosemary Soup

from The Perfect Blend cookbook

Serves 4 to 620 MINS
  • 5 cups (1.27l) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup (44g) roughly chopped sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (75g) diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 (14.5-ounce/411g) can diced tomatoes (with their juices)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 
  • 3 cups (540g) cooked chickpeas or 2 (15-ounce/425g) cans, rinsed and drained 
  • 1/4 cup (20g) finely chopped green onion (green parts only) 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Optional Boosters

  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste 
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (45g) loosely packed shredded chard
  1. Pour 1 cup of the vegetable broth into your blender with the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of the garlic, and the red pepper booster and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion and remaining 1 tablespoon of garlic with 1/4 teaspoon of salt for about 5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the crushed tomatoes, rosemary, and thyme booster and sauté for a few minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Add the blended mixture, the remaining 4 cups of broth, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the chickpeas. Simmer, partially covered, for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mesh.
  4. Stir in the chard booster, and allow the greens to wilt as the soup is cooling slightly. Add the green onion right before serving (so they retain their vibrant green color), and season with remaining salt and pepper to taste.

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak




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