What I first noticed about these amazing little Pedrosillano Café Garbanzo Beans (or chickpeas) was their size. They are tiny. But after an overnight soaking, they double in size. They have thin skin and a really creamy interior, making them a perfect candidate for hummus, because of their exceptionally smooth texture and nuttily flavor. They are also great for soups. And I have to say is, I loved them so much we started selling them at our store, Bowl and Pitcher! Who wouldn’t want a bag of these as a gift….I know I would.
Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative (also known as PNW) is dedicated to preserving 100-year-old family farms in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, rooted in sustainable agriculture. These family farms protect and nurture their land through crop rotation, cover cropping, and reducing toxic chemicals and fossil fuels. These practices allow PNW Co-op to offer incredibly healthy and delicious garbanzo beans, lentils and split peas.
One cup of these dried chickpeas, soaked overnight more than doubled in volume.
While the soup is simmering, make flavorful garlic rosemary sourdough croutons.
Brush a mixture of rosemary, garlic and olive oil on both sides of very thinly sliced sourdough bread, and toast in the oven until crispy.
To make the soup: In a heavy bottomed pot, saute the onion, garlic and rosemary. Add the strained chicken stock, bay leaves, the soaked garbanzo beans and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat until beans are tender, about 30 minutes. Add the chicken and kale. You could also add andouille sausage.
Simmer 10 minutes. Add salt, cracked pepper, soy sauce and a light squeeze of lemon. Taste for salt ( I ended up using a total of 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt). Remember, the rosemary croutons will add a lot of flavor.
- 1 cup dry garbanzo beans--soaked overnight (or 1 can of garbanzo's rinsed and strained.)
- 2 Quarts flavorful chicken stock (8 cups) or veggie stock
- 1 Cup diced onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 T fresh rosemary
- 2-4 Cups chopped kale
- 1-2 cups cooked chicken -shredded or cut into bite sized pieces.
- 1 to 1½ tsp salt
- cracked pepper
- chili flakes (optional) add if going vegan
- squeeze of lemon
- ½ tsp soy sauce
- 2 links andouille sausage - sliced and browned (optional, but delicious!)
- Rosemary Croutons:
- ½ loaf Sourdough bread, sliced very thinly (sourdough bread is best for this recipe.. the "sourness" is actually really good with the soup)
- 4 T olive oil
- 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 T fresh rosemary leaves
- Saute onion in 2 T olive oil on med heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and rosemary. Saute 2 minutes.
- Add chicken stock, garbanzo beans and bay leaves, bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat until beans are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Add chicken, cooked andouie sausage and chopped kale. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Add salt, cracked pepper, soy sauce and a light squeeze of lemon. Taste for salt ( I ended up using a total of 1½ tsp kosher salt).
- Remember, the rosemary croutons will add a lot of flavor.
- Rosemary Croutons:
- In a small bowl mix, the oil, garlic and rosemary.
- Brush on both sides of bread and stick on a baking sheet in a 375 F oven until crisp and golden 15-20 minutes.
- Cook time: 45 minutes (with pre-made stock, and pre soaked beans) Yield: 4-6 servingsCook time: 45 minutes (with pre-made stock, and pre soaked beans) Yield: 4-6 servings