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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Soup

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 25 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 dried hot red chiles, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed canned tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/2 cup drained jarred roasted red peppers, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Parsley sprigs, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon, crush garlic, chiles, coriander, salt, and caraway to form a paste.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic mixture, and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Stir in chickpeas, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and stock. Simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  4. Step 4

    Working in batches, puree soup in a blender. Rewarm if necessary. Divide among bowls, and top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of parsley.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2007



Reviews (3)

  • 23 Nov, 2013

    Made this the other night and it was a big hit! Swapped the suggested spices for curry powder and added some chicken after blending the soup. Will definitely make this again.

  • 10 Jan, 2011

    I live in Transilvania (Romania) and here we don't have chickpeas. But thanks to the very few benefits of newly opened hypermarkets it appeared in canned version. And I came across this site.I think there is a Martha Stewart show on some TV channel, but I didn't watch it. Shortly, I just cooked my first chickpeas soup (almost as in the recipe, as I don't have all ingredients here) and it is great. Thanks for the site and the recipes you are sharing with the world.

  • 28 Feb, 2010

    I like to reserve about a third of the chickpeas and stir them in after pureeing. And finely crumbled feta makes a nice alternative to sour cream.