Chickpea Soup with Parsley and Parmesan

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
7 cups


  • 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 Notes

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

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