Chickpeas are fabulous little balls of fiber and protein. Although part of the lentil family, chickpeas are perfect for sandwiches, soups, stews, and salads. But, I’ve never considered making cream of chickpea soup before. So, today, I decided to see if instead of putting chickpeas in soup, I created a cream of chickpea soup recipe. And, I was pleasantly surprised.
My kitchen, although my favorite room in my house, is my test kitchen. Despite the numerous experiments gone bad, a lot of the time I hit a home run. My family, who I love dearly, are painfully honest. Without a doubt, my failures turn into carry out dinner nights or a quick trip to a local restaurant. Today, however, my cream of chickpea soup recipe turned out perfect and it was as easy to make.
WHAT ARE THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS?
According to Healthline, chickpeas have an impressive nutrition profile.
They contain a moderate amount of calories, providing 46 calories per 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. Approximately 67% of those calories are from carbs, while the rest comes from protein and a small amount of fat (1).
Chickpeas also provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as a decent amount of fiber and protein.
A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving provides the following nutrients (1):
- Calories: 46
- Carbs: 8 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Protein: 3 grams
- Folate: 12% of the RDI
- Iron: 4% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 5% of the RDI
- Copper: 5% of the RDI
- Manganese: 14% of the RDI
Not only are chickpeas healthy, but they are also incredibly inexpensive.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN CREAM OF CHICKPEA SOUP RECIPE?
Despite the simplicity of this recipe, the flavors are incredible. Of course, the combination of onions, garlic, and leeks are the savory component. The chickpeas, for example, are nutty with a slightly grainy texture. Blended, chickpeas have a creamy texture perfect for a creamy soup.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUNGARIAN PAPRIKA AND REGULAR PAPRIKA
However, the difference between Hunagrian paprika and regular paprika is flavor. For instance, normal paprika is sweet made from crushed dried chilies. Smoked paprika, on the other hand, uses chilies that are smoke-dried and then crushed. Typically smoked with oak, smoke-dried chilis have a stronger flavor. For example, some people think it tastes a little like liquid smoke in powder form.
One of my favorite parts of this recipe is it has few ingredients, but it is also cooked in one pan in 20 minutes. As with many of my other soup recipes, I simply cook in layers. First, I cook the onions, garlic, and leeks.
Then I add the chickpeas, carrots, and smoked paprika. Notice, salt is not added at all. The salt, which is already in the vegetable broth is the perfect amount. The smokes paprika, on the other hand, provides a natural smoky taste with a slight hint of spice.
Once the vegetable broth is added, you simply boil, cover, and walk away, which of course is another reason to love cream of chickpea soup. Next, the soup is blended with a high-speed blender in batches.
Of course, since I made cream of chickpea soup, I topped the soup with my air-fried chickpeas recipe.
IF YOU’RE LOVE SOUP, CHECK OUT THESE FABULOUS SOUP RECIPES
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