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)
In my dream, the angel shrugged and said, if we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand. ―
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.
Hope your New Year is off to a healthy and delicious start. Hope you enjoy this Brothy Chickpea Soup.
Lemony Brothy Chickpea Soup with Fennel & Sumac – a soul warming vegan soup that is healthy and flavorful.
- 1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked 8-24 hours (or sub 2 14-ounce cans, drained)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 white or yellow onion, diced.
- 1 extra-large fennel bulb,chopped ( about 2 cups)
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
- 4 cups veggie broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- 2 teaspoons sumac (optional)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or dill
- 2 bay leaves
- 2–4 tablespoons lemon juice
- Pinch of chili flakes, aleppo or Urfa Biber (Turkish Chili Flakes)
- Garnish: fresh dill or flat-leaf parsley ( or both- even better), olive oil or zhoug sauce.
If using dry beans, soak in a big bowl of water for 8 to 24 hours.
In a large dutch oven, or heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes, stirring, add fennel, celery and garlic, lower heat to medium and cook 3-4 more minutes until fragrant. Add broth, water, chickpeas, salt, cumin, coriander, optional sumac , bay leaves, and dried thyme. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer gently on medium-low for 20 minutes, or until chickpeas are tender.
Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and taste. It if tastes bland, it needs salt. Add the optional chili flakes.
You could make this in the instant pot, but make sure to soak the chickpeas first. My first attempt failed. I tried this with unsoaked dry chickpeas, 35 minutes on high pressure, but the fennel bulb turned out WAY overcooked. Soaked garbanzos took only 12 minutes in on high setting in the Instant Pot, and fennel kept its shape.
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