20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

I feel like Christmas and New Year’s Day should fall on a weekend more often.

Because I don’t know about you, but there’s been something about the holiday season this year that has just felt more slow and restful than usual.  Maybe it’s the fact that everyone I know has had two four-day-weekends off in a row, easing us all into the workweeks a little more gently.  Or maybe it’s just that we’ve all finally been able to take in a deep breath of relief, knowing that after a rough 2016, a fresh start with 2017 has finally arrived.

Whatever the reason, I feel like my friends and I have all been enjoying the gentler start to the new year this week.  And I’m feeling extra light and refreshed thanks to a lineup of healthier homemade meals that I’ve had on the menu this week, including this wonderfully comforting and delicious Moroccan Chickpea Soup.  It has been on my list to make for weeks after trying it at a friend’s house this fall, where I fell in love with the amazing seasonings and fresh flavors.  (Plus the fact that it’s naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan, so everyone at our table could enjoy it.)  So when I was brainstorming a quick and easy recipe to enjoy on this chilly winter week in Kansas City, it seemed like the perfect way to begin a new year.

Oh, and did I mention it only takes 20 minutes to make?  ♡

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

Truly, this one could not be any easier.  Just saute a few quick ingredients together…

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

…chopping as you go (see timing tips in the recipe below) in order to save you some time while the soup ingredients are sauteing, and then coming to a simmer…

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

…then once the soup is hot and ready to go, stir in a bunch of fresh kale, season with salt and pepper to taste…

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

…and this vibrant, delicious, feel-good pot of soup will be yours to enjoy in just about 20 minutes or so.

This 20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is full of rich flavors, and incredibly quick and easy to make. | gimmesomeoven.com (Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free)

I love serving mine with cilantro and lemon wedges, just like my friend suggested.  But feel free to also stir in a bit of yogurt, or top your soup with whatever sounds good.  (If you like food with heat, I totally recommend sprinkling some extra crushed red pepper flakes on top!)

Seriously, this soup is incredibly easy to make, and in my experience, it totally hits the spot.

Hope you enjoy!

20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup

This Moroccan Chickpea Soup recipe is naturally vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, it's super easy to make, and it's full of so many rich and delicious flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups roughly-chopped kale leaves or baby spinach
  • chopped fresh cilantro and fresh lemon wedges, for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add onion and carrot and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent.  (To save time, mince the garlic while the onion is cooking.)  Then add garlic and saute for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.  Add in the vegetable stock, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes, and bring to a simmer.  (While the soup is coming to a simmer, chop the kale and cilantro, and slice the lemon wedges.)
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in the chopped kale.  Continue simmering for 3 minutes until the kale has slightly softened.
  3. Taste and season with your desired amount of salt and pepper.  (I used a generous pinch of each.)
  4. Serve warm, garnished with fresh cilantro and served with a fresh lemon wedge.

This recipe can also easily be made in the slow cooker!  Just add all of the ingredients minus the kale to a large crock-pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.  Then once you're ready to serve, stir in the kale and let it rest for about 3 minutes.  And serve warm, garnished with fresh cilantro and served with a fresh lemon wedge.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — January 4, 2017 @ 9:32 am (#)

    Yum! This looks delish

  2. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog — January 4, 2017 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I loved my Christmas holidays. I agree with you – they should always be on weekends because the chill metre was especially high this year!

    This soup looks super appetising. Perfect for a cold night.

  3. Julia @ HappyFoods Tube — January 4, 2017 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    This is a great soup for January! :) I like chickpea a lot and I love soups so putting this on my To-make-soon list!

  4. Christine @ Yum and in Love — January 4, 2017 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    This is so perfect for January, Ali!  I love that it’s healthy but filling- just what I need buried in all of this snow (I’m in Utah).  I definitely want to try this :)  P.S. I wrote you a comment on IG but seriously CONGRATS on the engagement!  So excited for you and Barclay!  I am not normally so stoked for someone I don’t actually know but I feel like I’ve been following along with your adventures and know y’all as a couple– couldn’t be more thrilled!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

      Thank you, Christine! We hope you enjoy it!

  5. Libby — January 4, 2017 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    What an exciting pot of soup!! These flavors are so different from what I usually put together. I think it’s time to make this.

  6. Jackie — January 5, 2017 @ 4:14 am (#)

    Can this soup freeze easily? Just wait on kale? Thanks

  7. Kari — January 5, 2017 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    Yum! That looks so delicious & healthy!
    Kari

  8. gayatri mantra mp3 download — January 5, 2017 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    Love chickpeas!

  9. Carlos At Spoonabilities — January 5, 2017 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    I love Moroccan food and this soup looks so comforting and I’m ready for a bowl of soup. Maybe I cook this soup this weekend:)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 11:18 am

      Thanks, Carlos — we hope you enjoy this!

  10. Michelle — January 6, 2017 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    Can this be frozen once the kale has been added? I would love to make a big batch and then freeze it. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

      Hi Michelle — we think that should be fine, we hope you enjoy!

  11. Karen — January 8, 2017 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    Just made this for lunch today!  Perfectly easy, hearty, and  healthy on a cold winter day.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Karen!

  12. Lizzie — January 8, 2017 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Readers: don’t let the presence of ginger be off-putting. It’s very common in — and necessary for — true Moroccan cooking. Along with the cumin, it’s not-to-be-believed-good. But in this house, no kale. Spinach to the rescue!!!! 

  13. Sherry — January 10, 2017 @ 11:33 am (#)

    Do you rinse and drain the chickpeas?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:43 am

      Yes. We hope you enjoy the soup! :)

  14. Jessica C — January 12, 2017 @ 9:12 am (#)

    Hi there! So excited to make this soup for dinner tonight with some tasty lemon-garlic chicken drumsticks on the side. Quick question – are the chickpeas drained and rinsed or do you just throw the whole can in there. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Jessica — we drain and rinse them. We hope you enjoy the soup!

  15. Alexa — January 14, 2017 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    This soup is AMAZING!  I cannot recommend it enough. It’s quick, filling and makes for fantastic brown bag lunches. Thank you, Ali!

  16. Sabrina — January 20, 2017 @ 8:05 am (#)

    I was looking for some healthier soups and saw this wonderful photo, even better, 20 minutes to make? Would never have guessed, thank you for this recipe, nice with spinach/kale addition

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Sabrina — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  17. margo — January 20, 2017 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I’m currently on the look out for vegetable rich dinner ideas, and this looks wonderful! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Margo — we hope you enjoy this!

  18. Kim — January 25, 2017 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    Can I substitute the kale with spinach? 

  19. Sara DeLong — February 10, 2017 @ 10:56 am (#)

    Made this soup today for lunch and it is delicious! Thanks for the easy recipe.  My wife and I live in KC and have tried several of your recipes recently (Chicken Enchiladas, Potato Soup, both great) – really like your site! Thanks again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2017 @ 10:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Sara — we’re so happy you and your wife enjoyed this and the other recipes as well! We appreciate you giving them a try! :)

  20. Amanda — February 15, 2017 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    Made this last night and it’s FABULOUS! It’s officially been added to my list of favourites. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Amanda! :)