Moroccan Inspired Chickpea Soup

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Hayley and I decided to try going meatless on Mondays, and with the weather getting much colder it was a good a time as any to make some hearty, flavourful soup. I must admit that the photos I took this time around aren’t the greatest as I was feeling under the weather when making this.

This  Moroccan inspired chickpea soup may seem daunting when looking at the total time spent making it, but the vast majority of it is spent on it simmering. It takes such a minimal amount of effort to make this that once it’s on the stove you’ll almost forget that it’s even cooking!

Prep time: <10 minutes
Cook time: 30-45 minutes
Total time: < 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 15 oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • ~1L box of vegetable stock – preferably the kind with no added sodium
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped into small cubes
  • 5 to 6 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne powder (depending on your preference for spice)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Directions

  1. Heat up a large pot with some olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, allowing them to soften for a few minutes.
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  2. Mix in all of the spices and mix evenly, turning the heat down if needed.
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients into the pot and turn the heat up to high. Wait until the soup begins to boil, then turn the heat down to simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Allow the soup to cook for at least 30 minutes. The longer you leave it on simmer, the more the ingredients will marry to produce a soup that is rich in both flavours and depth.

Serve on it’s own, with some Greek yogurt to add creaminess, and/or with a piece of toast!

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Tip

  • Check the sodium content in any stock or canned vegetables that you buy (especially anything tomato based) – the lower the sodium, the better. When comparing between brands make sure to look at their relative serving sizes as well. Some brands will try to trick you with decreasing the serving size that they provide nutritional information for, so that you’re made to believe that there’s less sodium in their brand compared to the competitor’s.
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