It’s so freezing outside that I thought I should share with you a soup recipe that has become one of my all-time favourites. I adore leeks and seeing as they are in season, now is an ideal time to whip this up. I really didn’t like the idea of chickpeas in soup at first – but although it only has a few ingredients, the flavour is amazing. I originally saw this made on a Jamie Oliver cooking show way back when. I’ve made it my own and no longer need the recipe to guide me. Everyone I have served it to has been impressed 🙂
So – introducing …
Leek and Chickpea Soup
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 4 leeks
- 3 desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
- 1.5 – 2 litres of chicken stock
- Parmesan cheese (to serve, but optional)
Cut leeks down the middle, discarding the tough green part at the top, and clean thoroughly under running water. Chop fairly finely.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add leeks and a few good pinches of salt. The salt will not only add flavour, but allow the leeks to wilt, without colouring. This should take about five minutes over a medium heat – ensure you keep an eye on it and stir regularly.
Add the potatoes, along with the chickpeas and cook until heated through. Add stock at this point – enough to generously cover the mixture.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potato cubes are tender.
Remove from heat and using a stick mixer (or blender), blitz the ingredients, but leave some chunky bits.
Blitzing ensures the soup is beautiful and creamy, but leaving some chunky bits of chickpea and leek means there is really nice texture too. However, feel free to blitz to a smooth consistency if that’s what you prefer.
Bring back to the simmer – now you can judge whether more stock needs to be added. Just add more until the texture is to your liking. Make sure you have a taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Serve drizzled with some olive oil and shavings of parmesan cheese.
This soup really is a meal in a bowl and also makes a fantastic lunch. You can freeze it too, if you want – but I find this one disappears out of the fridge pretty quickly!
My Groovy Kitchen Tunes track for this warm, nutty soup would have to be Dark Storm, by The Jezebels. Its title is reflective of our weather here in Victoria at the moment, but there’s something warming and hopeful about it at the same time. Curl up on the couch tonight in front of the TV, pop a blanket over you and enjoy this soup and just think, the weekend is nearly here!! Sounds like a perfect Wednesday night to me 🙂
Day 18 brings you one of my dad’s favourite soups.
I remember the first time I made it – I could tell he was a little bit unsure about the idea of a soup containing chickpeas. But, once he tasted it – he loved it – which makes me a very happy daughter 🙂
I can’t quite remember where I got the inspiration for this recipe. I just make it – no recipe required. It’s well and truly ingrained in my brain.
This soup makes a perfect lunch – and it’s terrific because the chickpeas make it really low GI. It’s filling and tasty and will ensure you don’t have one of those mad sugar cravings when 3pm rocks around.
Leek and chickpea soup
3 large leeks, cleaned and sliced
1 nob of butter
2 deseree potatoes – peeled and cut into cubes
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Enough chicken stock to cover the ingredients (get the recipe to make your own here)
Grated parmesan cheese to serve
In a large saucepan, melt the butter before adding the chopped leaks with a good pinch of salt. Cook the leeks over a low heat for about 10 minutes – but don’t allow them to colour. You want them to sweat and the salt will help to draw out the liquid in the leeks.
Add the potatoes and chickpeas and cover with enough chicken stock to cover everything. Cook until the potato is tender – about 10-15 minutes.
Blend using a stick mixer or spoon into your blender until the soup is smooth and creamy. If the soup is too thick at this point, thin down with a little more chicken stock. Don’t forget to taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve nice and hot with some parmesan cheese grated over the top.
This soup really is easy, incredible tasty and very fast to make. Hope you enjoy it.