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Chickpea Soup with Parsley and Parmesan

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes 7 cups
Chickpea Soup with Parsley and Parmesan

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2013


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 5 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cans (about 15 ounces each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for serving
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Toasts or bread, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cook until oil is infused and garlic is just beginning to color (do not let brown), 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer garlic chips to a plate.

  2. Add chickpeas to oil in pot, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until heated through and creamy, about 5 minutes. Smash some of the chickpeas with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon. Add broth and water; simmer until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Divide soup among 4 bowls. Top with parsley, Parmesan, and garlic chips. Drizzle with oil and serve immediately with toasts.

Cook's Note

Soup can be made 3 days ahead and stored in refrigerator.

Reviews (5)

  • vanillablue 18 Nov, 2014

    I followed this recipe exactly using store-bought chicken broth and found it to be good, not great. I think using homemade stock would have improved the flavor a lot. It's a quick and inexpensive recipe that uses ingredients that I always have on hand, so I will probably make again and see if I have better results.

  • velobaker 3 Oct, 2014

    this is a tasty, quick, healthy soup that can be made with ingredients you likely have in your pantry/fridge/veggie storage. I followed it pretty much exactly, and it turned out fantastically! I didn't add any bread nor cheese, it's delicious w/ just the garlic chips and parsley to garnish.

  • Misskriss62 1 Sep, 2014

    I followed this exact recipe and I cannot believe how delicious and simple this was. Extremely flavorful and satisfying. I toasted bread with a little Tuscan infused olive oil and it paired perfectly.

  • AnaSte 25 Nov, 2013

    Nice idea! I will advise your sites for in order to make it more popular

  • bbpecka 18 Sep, 2014

    This is delicious!

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