Greek Chickpea Soup Recipe

Light and comfortable one-pot lemony Greek chickpea soup with zucchini, carrots, garbanzo beans, and fresh herbs. Protein-rich, gluten-free, vegan, and healthy. Ideal 30-minute dinner!  

– 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 small yellow onion, diced – 2 – 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped – 2 large celery ribs, chopped – 1 medium zucchini, cut into half-moon – 3 cloves garlic, minced – 1 tsp dried thyme – ¾ tsp dried oregano – ½ tsp crushed red pepper, optional for spice – 1 tsp salt, more to taste – ½ tsp black pepper – 2 cans (15-ounces) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed – 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, or chicken broth – 3 – 4 cups baby spinach – ¼ cups fresh parsley, chopped – 1 large lemon, juiced – Optional garnishes: fresh parsley, feta cheese, or parmesan cheese

Ingredients

In a big pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chopped onion for three to five minutes, or until it becomes transparent.  

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Add diced zucchini, celery, and carrots and sauté for 2–3 minutes.If using, add crushed red pepper, dried oregano, thyme, black pepper, and salt.  

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Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute.Add chickpeas and vegetarian broth. After boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the soup for 20–30 minutes.  

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One to two cups of the soup (broth plus chickpeas) should be carefully transferred to a blender. Pulse a few times. Add the onions and carrots; exclude the celery and zucchini.   

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This process aids in the soup's natural thickening. Reintroduce 1 cup of the mashed chickpeas to the soup using a fork if you don't have a blender.   

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An immersion blender can also be pulsed five to ten times.Stir the mixed mixture after adding it back to the saucepan. Don't puree everything; you still want whole chickpeas in the soup.  

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Add the lemon juice, chopped spinach, and fresh parsley. Cook until the spinach wilts, about one to two more minutes.  

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Top with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and serve warm. You may also want to top with some feta cheese.  

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