Recipes

Butternut squash and chickpea soup

My love of chickpeas has been well established.  Today I will focus on another culinary love:  Butternut squash.  Truth be told, I love all types of squash, including acorn, pumpkin, buttercup, delicata, kobacha, and spaghetti.  I think you get the picture. While I love the traditional smooth butternut squash soup, I do like to add additional fibre and protein to soups whenever I can, hence the variation below.  As always, measurements are approximate, since I eyeball everything. The vegetables and chickpeas I used are organic. On another note:  I must take better pictures.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of peeled, uncooked, and diced butternut squash.  You can roast the squash for a different flavour, but for this soup, I find that uncooked squash tastes better.
  • I large onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4-5 vine-ripened tomatoes.  You can use tinned tomatoes, but I prefer to use fresh, if possible.
  • Tomato paste, if necessary.  I use the type that comes in a tube (Italian style).
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Sautee diced onions in olive oil.
  2. When onions are translucent, add the diced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add squash, tomatoes, and chickpeas.
  4. Add enough water to cover the vegetables.  Don’t add too much water, as you want a thicker consistency.  You can always add more water later.
  5. Salt and season to taste.
  6. Simmer for about 45 minutes.  If the soup needs a little more tomato flavour, add some tomato paste to taste (approximately 1 tablespoon).
  7. I used an immersion blender to partially blend the soup.  You want to retain some whole chickpeas, so don’t overdo it.
  8. This soup definitely tastes better the next day as the flavours settle.
Recipes

Moroccan-themed chickpea soup

I love chickpeas:  On their own, roasted, in soups, in salads.  I could easily eat chickpeas every day; in fact, I often do.  The soup below combines chickpeas and spices to create a Moroccan-inspired flavour. I don’t tend to measure items when I cook, so what follows below is a close approximation. I use organic vegetables, tomatoes, and chickpeas.

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Ingredients

  • I large onion, diced
  • 5-6 cloves of fresh garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tbsp of sumac
  • 796 ml (24 fl. oz) tin of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • Water or vegetable broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Saute the diced onion in olive oil.
  2. Once the onions are translucent, add the diced garlic cloves.
  3. Add the cumin and sumac to the onion mixture, and saute for about a minute.
  4. Add the chickpeas.  I like to cook chickpeas from a dried state, but tinned would be fine as well, as long as they are well rinsed.
  5. Add the tomatoes.
  6. Fill the empty tin with water or broth, and add to the pot.  When making any soup, it’s better to not add too much liquid, as watery, thin soup is nasty.  If the soup becomes too thick while cooking, you can always add more.
  7. Season with salt to taste.  I don’t like pepper, but feel free to add.
  8. Bring to the boil, and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  9. Partially puree the soup.  I used an immersion blender.  You want to break down the tomatoes a little, but you still want to retain some texture in the soup, so don’t go to far.  As you can see in the picture, there are still whole chickpeas in the soup.
  10. Add spinach.