Chickpea and Tomato Soup - a simple and delicious soup combining fresh vegetables with tomatoes for a smooth creamy finish all finished off with some chickpeas and herbs.
Calories per serving: 141
Winter Warming Comforting Soup
I've gotta admit it, I can't get enough of soup at the moment, especially now the weather is starting to get colder. My menu most weeks is at least one recipe for soup, and this week I wanted to make up a yummy soup that the kids could take to school for lunch in their food flask and in addition to that of course, it had to be fussy kid friendly.
Soup is one of those meals that you can literally hide any kind of vegetables and so even the fussiest of kids can be tricked into eating some vegetables. Luckily as my kids are getting older, they are starting to grow out of that fussy period, but I still like to create recipes where I know the kids will get a good serving of vegetables into their day.
Vegetables in Soup
This Chickpea and Tomato soup is packed with onion, garlic, carrots and celery as well as canned tomato, so it's the perfect soup for fussy eaters, as you can blend all those vegetables once the soup is ready.
Feel free too add in some other vegetables if you have some, soup is one of the best things to make when you have the odd vegetable lurking in the fridge that needs to be used up.
A great swap for the celery is some fresh diced fennel bulb, it adds a lovely subtle flavour that really compliments the tomatoes.
Protein for Soup
When a soup contains just vegetables, I like to add in a source of protein just to make it that little more filling, so this soup contains canned chickpeas which I just stir in at the end once the soup is all blended.
If you don't really like chickpeas or want to try a different legume, any white bean is great is this soup or even some canned lentils.
Usually, when I make soup, I tend to only blend half of the soup, to keep some of the vegetables in chunks rather than all smooth, unless it is a broth-based soup of course.
However for this soup I blend the whole pot, before stirring in the canned chickpeas, but you can blend just half if you prefer or even leave it all chunky.
To blend the soup I use my beloved Vitamix which blends soups to a delicious and silky smooth finish, but a stick blender will do a great job too.
Sides and Toppings for Soup
This soup is perfect enjoyed just as it is, but if you are wondering what sides you can serve with the soup, here are a few things I like to have.
- Grilled cheese sandwich/Toastie - either on the side or I slice into 4 squares and add it to the top of the bowl of soup
- Cooked shredded chicken - delicious added to the top
- Cheese - I mean who doesn't love some cheese? and this soup is perfect topped with a little grated cheddar, parmesan or feta
- Rice/Grains/Pasta - got some cooked leftover rice, quinoa, pasta etc? Stir some into this soup, you won't regret it.
Just look how amazing this looks with a grilled cheese sandwich on top!!
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