Brothy Chickpea Soup with Lemon, Fennel & Sumac, infused with Middle Eastern spices, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh herbs. Vegan and Gluten-free. ( This can also be made in an Instant Pot, see recipe notes)
This soul-warming, Brothy Chickpea Soup with Lemon, Fennel and Sumac is seasoned with Middle Eastern spices is just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter’s night. Serve it with toaty pita bread or over warm quinoa, and drizzle with olive oil, or with flavorful zhoug, a spicy Middle Eastern Cilantro Sauce. Hearty and filling, this flavorful vegan soup satisfies!
On the home front: Brian and I have been trying to embrace winter and get outside and just be in it. Or rather I should say, Brian is embracing it fully … and I am trying. Ha.
We spent the New Year in Nelson, BC and skied in the sunshine and hung out with friends. Good for the soul. Here, back at home, it’s rainy and dreary. To help fend off the winter blues, we’ve been making a point of lighting candles, drinking chai, and making things feel extra cozy. Also, if you’ve been here a while, you’ll already know my secret weapon in the kitchen. Lemons!
So bright and cheery, the aroma alone uplifts. They’ve been in my morning water, added to hot tea, and are the inspiration for this soup. I hope you enjoy!
This Chickpea Soup can be made with dry or canned chickpeas. ***If using dry chickpeas, make sure to soak them in water for 10-24 hours first.
It starts with sauteeing an onion.
Dice fennel bulb.
Dice Celery and garlic.
Saute with the onion.
Saute the fennel and onion are sautéed for 5-10 minutes, then add the soaked chickpeas, broth water and spice.
Cook until the chickpeas are tender, about 20 minutes.
Squeeze with lemon, and serve with fresh dill or parsley (or both!) and a drizzle of olive oil.
Serve it on its own or over quinoa for a thicker stew.
The lemon and sumac give the chickpea soup life, waking it up with a delicious brightness. Perfect for winter.
More soups you may enjoy
- French Onion Soup
- Ribollita! | Tuscan Bean Soup
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup (Vegan!)
- Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)
- 20 Best Broth-Based Soup Recipes
Hope your New Year is off to a healthy and delicious start. Hope you enjoy this Brothy Chickpea Soup.