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Tomato Chickpea Soup with Rosemary

Posted in Soups by janet @ the taste space on January 9, 2011

(Don’t worry, this time I actually used rosemary!) :)

Sometimes all I want is a nice, big bowl of soup. Something fresh and light yet filling enough for a meal. My belly screams for something simple and nourishing.

Enter this delightful soup adapted from Orangette. It is a tomato soup at its core, light-tasting with the sprinkle of sugar mellowing the acid from the tomatoes. I used less vegetable broth than Molly, but it was the right consistency for me (even still a bit thin for me). The rosemary adds an interesting twist, but is not an overpowering flavour. And then you add in chickpeas, which is why this is such a deceivingly hearty soup. Half are pureed, creating bulk for the soup. The other half are left intact for mouth feel. Delicious.

Sometimes simple is all you need.

This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays.

Tomato Chickpea Soup with Rosemary

3 cups cooked chickpeas (around 2 15-ounce cans, rinsed)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 3-inch sprigs fresh rosemary, needles removed from stem and finely chopped (dried rosemary would be fine, too – 1 tsp or so)
2 cans tomatoes (whole, diced, or crushed, with juice), one 28-ounce and one 14.5-ounce
A pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2.5 cups vegetable broth

1. Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat, and add the garlic and rosemary. Cook for a minute or two, and then add the tomatoes, sugar, salt, a few grinds of pepper, roughly half of the chickpeas, and the stock. Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

2. Remove the soup from the heat to purée. If using an immersion blender, purée the soup directly in the pot. Otherwise, wait a few minutes, until the soup cools; then purée it in batches in a blender or food processor and return it to the pot. Add the remaining chickpeas, and warm the soup over medium heat. Serve warm.

Serves 6.

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  1. Priti said, on January 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    I agree some time we just need simple things and this looks just perfect…looks delicious

  2. Priya sreeram said, on January 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    looks yum ! the colour keeps me hooked !

  3. Allie said, on January 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    This is one of those recipes that I just had to make as soon as I saw it! It’s bubbling away as I type. Can’t wait to take it to work for lunch next week!

  4. Priya said, on January 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Wat a catchy and delicious soup..

  5. Julie said, on January 9, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    What an unusual and delicious soup. Bookmarking to try.

  6. DebinHawaii said, on January 10, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    A great combination of flavor and texture–perfect for warming up the belly. ;-) Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays.

  7. Joanne said, on January 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Seeing as how I’m thoroughly addicted to chickpeas lately. And that I have a serious proclivity to drink tomato sauce as if it WERE soup. i would adore this. i know it.

  8. Cooking Pretty said, on January 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Oh yum, I made something similar a year or two ago and loved it. So simple and delicious – thanks for the reminder! :)

  9. Reeni said, on January 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    This is just the type of soup I get cravings for too! I love that some of the chickpeas are pureed – it sounds insanely good!

  10. Cara said, on January 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Tomato soup is a long time love of mine and I’ve never really made a good batch from scratch. I need to change that.

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  13. Ashley said, on March 16, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    I’m with you – I prefer my soups on the thicker side. I usually add less broth than recommended, but then Eric complains that it’s too thick haha. I love when soups puree a portion of the beans!


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