Jennifer notes that she's found that slowly cooked chickpeas develop a thick broth, which tastes very similarly to chicken broth. So- if you are new to vegetarian recipes (or have family members who are), this recipe is for you! The well-balanced combination of herbs she uses and lovely variety of vegetables create a colorful and flavorful "one pot" meal. If you wish, you can also reduce the water content in this soup in order to make it a stew. In that case, serve over your favorite grain - like sprouted brown rice, red rice, or quinoa - and enjoy a perfectly hearty early Spring meal!
Chickpea and Vegetable Soup
Yield: 4 servings
1 cup chickpeas, soaked 8 to 12 hours, drained, and rinsed
8 cups water, plus additional as needed
1/2 onion, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
1 tomato, chopped (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped parsley (optional)
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Put the chickpeas and water in a 5-quart pot. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium, and cook, partially covered, for 1 hour. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and salt and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the kale, optional tomatoes, olive oil, and additional water if needed and simmer 10 minutes longer. Add the optional parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Chickpea and Vegetable Soup will keep for 3 days.
Variation:Replace the bunch of kale with collards or with 1/2 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced.
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