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Cream of Chickpea Soup

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Yield 6 cups

If at all possible, try to use crock-pot-cooked garbanzos for this soup. It takes a little planning ahead, but the added flavor and tender texture is so worth it!

Ingredients

VEGETABLES

4 stalks celery, diced

3 medium carrots, peeled and diced or sliced thin

1 medium onion, diced

1 tablespoons olive oil (optional)

CREAM BASE

1/2 cup raw cashews

1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt - scant

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon tahini

SEASONINGS

3 cups water

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley

2 teaspoons granulated onion

2 teaspoons dried chopped or minced onion

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

3  cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained but not rinsed

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pan, sauté celery, carrots, and onions in olive oil over medium heat until onions begin to soften – about 5 minutes. (Or, if you prefer to avoid oil, saute without.)
  2. Meanwhile, make cream base. Place cashews, 1 cup water, salt, garlic clove, lemon juice, and tahini in blender and blend until very smooth. (This works best with a heavy-duty blender.) Set aside.
  3. When onions are beginning to soften, turn heat to high and add 3 cups water and seasonings to pan. Cover and bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat and cook over low heat until vegetables are tender but not mushy (about 6 to 8 minutes). Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the vegetable pieces.
  5. When vegetables are tender, stir in beans.
  6. Stir in blender mixture and cook just until hot, but do not boil.

Notes

Crock-pot-cooked beans work best in this recipe. If using canned beans, add them along with the water and seasonings.

Recipe by JennifersKitchen at https://jenniferskitchen.com/2018/05/cream-of-chickpea-soup.html