Chicken Chickpea Spinach Soup - a healthy hearty and delicious soup that is both high in protein and fibre and a perfect meal for any day of the week.
A Healthy and Hearty Soup
I love soups that have lots of different components that make it feel like a filling but healthy meal and soups are great for that.
This soup combines lots of healthy veggies along with the delicious flavours from chicken and texture, fibre and protein with chickpeas.
Most ingredients are stuff we always have on hand, so it's a nice and easy soup to make.
No matter what soup I am making I generally always start off with a base on onions, garlic and some herbs/seasoning.
The key to any tasty soup is to ensure you fry up the base ingredients until lovely and softened with a light golden colour, as this is what really adds flavour to any soup. Take the time to fry and soften your soup base, it's not a stage than can be rushed or skipped.
Along with the onion and garlic I also added some sliced carrots, as I had plenty on hand to use up and well whenever I add carrots to a soup, I love to add some crushed fennel seeds as they add such an amazing flavour.
Always compliment any ingredients you add to a soup with spices or herbs that go well together.
Chunky or Smooth Soup
I don't know about you, but I have never been a fan of completely smooth soups. They are just too much like baby food.
My favourite soups are broth like with lots of different chunks of vegetables and other ingredients.
I will occasionally eat a fully blended soup, but it has to have some kind of topping added into, so I don't feel like I am just eating pureed food.
Replacement for Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
I always have some chickpeas on hand as I use them often, in chilli, soups, casseroles, curries. Such a versatile ingredient.
But I am aware not everyone loves them, so what can you use instead? Below are some swaps you can do:
- Cannelini Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Lentils (use green or brown, they hold their shape and have more texture)
- Kidney Beans
- Black Beans
- or any other beans/pulse you have available
If not using canned items where they are already cooked, taken into account that you may need to soak and cook them prior to adding into the chilli.
How to turn soup into a more filling meal
Got some soup left but not quite enough for everyone and want to turn it into a more filling meal.
Some great additions, that I like to add is cooked pasta or rice. You can then also finish off with a little grated cheese like parmesan or cheddar for extra flavour.
More Soup Recipes:
Want some more filling soup recipes? Check out these:
- Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup
- Pea and Zucchini Soup
- ream of Tomato Soup
- Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup
- Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken, Bean and Rice Soup
- Chunky Leek and Potato Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Bacon and Split Pea Soup
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