Quick Chick Pea Soup

Quick, easy and delicious… broccoliweb

This recipe is adapted from the Nourish cookbook from the Penny Brohn Cancer Care centre in Bristol. It’s perfect for a work night supper when you need your spirits lifting – warming and filling! It combines cinnamon with cayenne pepper, turmeric and fresh ginger with ground almonds – and tastes great!

It’s full of carotenoids from the vegetables, lycopene from the tomatoes and protein from the chick peas. The ground cinnamon aids balancing blood sugar levels. There is a little bit of chopping to be done but if you get on with it, this soup can be ready in no time and tastes every bit as good as a soup you might be served in a posh restaurant!


  • 1 large onion, choppedIMG_6471
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp fresh root ginger, grated
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1 litre vegetable stock/bouillon
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • black pepper


  1. Sauté the onion in the oil until soft and transparent.
  2. Mix the spices together with a little stock to form a paste.
  3. Chop the vegetables into small chunks.
  4. Add to the onion pan with the paste and stir to combine.
  5. Add the stock, tinned tomatoes and most of the chick peas (reserving some to be used at the end).
  6. Simmer until the vegetables are soft enough to blend.
  7. Blend the soup with the ground almonds and return to the pan and heat through with the lemon juice.
  8. Garnish with the leftover chick peas and serve with crusty bread.

By the way, remember I said this is a quick soup. Have you hear Nick Cave’s song the Mercy Seat? It’s brilliant, it’s all about a man on death row protesting his innocence. Then right at the end he says (SPOILER ALERT) “I’m afraid I told a lie”. So did I, this soup takes ages.

If you really don’t have time for this then here is a soup you can make Emergency Soup in 5 minutes!

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3 Responses to Quick Chick Pea Soup

  1. Lulu Rutter says:

    As a big Nick Cave fan, I couldn’t resist making this tonight…big thumbs up from me and two kids!

  2. narf77 says:

    Do you reckon that was based on “Dead Man Walking”?

  3. JustBloggs says:

    Thanks Narf77 but I think the song came before the film maybe? Cheers Lulu, high praise when the kids approve too!

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