Cast Iron

Ethiopian Spiced Chickpea Soup with Chickpea "Croutons"

April  4, 2014
2 Ratings
  • Serves 5
Author Notes

This chickpea soup gets it's wonderful flavor and heat from the Ethiopian spice blend Berbere. Topped with crunchy chickpea "croutons", sliced tomato, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, this soup is sure to please! —First We Eat

What You'll Need
  • Ethiopian Spiced Chickpea Soup
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Berbere (Ethiopian Spice Blend)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 15oz Cans chickpeas, well rinsed
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 splash Fresh lemon juice, drizzled over soup before serving
  • Crispy Chickpea "Croutons"
  • 1 Can chickpeas, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Berbere (Ethiopian Spice Blend)
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 2 sprigs Cilantro, chopped
  1. Ethiopian Spiced Chickpea Soup
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a cast iron pot. Add onions and cook until soft, a few minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and berbere and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down and the onions are translucent. Add the chickpeas and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once your soup has reached boiling, simmer and add fresh ground pepper. Blend with an immersion blender until your soup has a creamy texture and there are no big chunks left. Serve immediately.
  1. Crispy Chickpea "Croutons"
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse chickpeas and dry with paper towel on a cookie sheet. Toss the chickpeas with olive oil, salt, and berbere and spread into an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until chickpeas are crunchy.
  3. Combine crispy chickpeas with fresh diced tomato, chopped cilantro and serve over the creamy chickpea soup with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

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4 Reviews

ken April 5, 2014
Really wonderful soup. Great flavor with just a touch of heat. This one goes in my file!
Victoria April 4, 2014
There seems to be a typo in the list of ingredients for the soup. What is the actual measurement where it says "3 Canned chickpeas"? Is it 3 cups? 3 cans? If cans, what size?
First W. April 4, 2014
Thanks for you comment Victoria! It is 3 15oz cans of chickpeas. I will edit our recipe now!
Victoria April 4, 2014
Thanks. Looking forward to making this!