I absolutely love soup. There is just something about homemade soup …. My mom was the soup maker of all time. In fact, she was the Queen at making her famous soup. She had this big old black pot, which was her soup pot, and she would throw in a cup of this and a cup of that, grate veggies and stir everything with a big wooden spoon. Then bread was buttered and cut in half in a triangle effect and soon we were enjoying this amazing miracle of mom’s soup. Fast-forward ….a few years…okay many years….I still can’t get my mom’s soup to taste as great as when my mom made it….. It must be that pot…and I don’t have the pot.
So, after many years of trying, failing and crying I decided to do my own version of an awesome hearty soup. Pure veggies with loads of nutrition, no big surprise there. I am not too pedantic about the actual quantities of the vegetables, but the combination of the vegetables and the chickpeas work really well together. I like this soup thick-ish, and smooth, so using the blender really helps getting it to perfection. This recipe came about from just vegetables I had in the fridge. This happens often around here…..I am seeing a pattern…
High Protein Vegetable Soup with Crunchy Golden Roasted Chickpeas
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Makes 9 cups
a little oil for saute’ing
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
6 long celery stalks and tops, chopped
approximately 2 1/2 cups (350 grams) chopped carrots
2 large zucchini’s, chopped (approximately 350 grams)
2 cups cooked chickpeas
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable stock
For the topping: Dry roasted chickpeas – optional
In a large pot, and on medium heat, saute the onions until just translucent. Add the green pepper, celery and celery tops. Stir around for about a minute and then add the carrots, zucchini’s, chickpeas, origanum and stock. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally and then reduce the temperature to simmer with the lid on the pot. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Taste. Season with salt and pepper. Add more origanum if you feel it is needed. Taste. Then, add the vegetables to the blender. Blend until the vegetables reach the consistency you want.
Serve hot and with some crunchy roasted chickpeas.
This soup freezes well in a sealed container.
To Dry Roast Chickpeas: Chickpeas must be cooked. Drizzle over olive oil, salt and pepper. Then place on a baking tray in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remember as the roasted chickpeas cool, they will get a bit more crisp.