Moroccan chickpea soup

Moroccan chickpea soup

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(218 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 20-25 mins


Serves 4

Try something different for vegetarians with Moroccan chickpea soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal148
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.07g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 medium onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 celery sticks, chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 600ml hot vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped plum tomatoes with garlic



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 100g frozen broad beans
    Broad beans

    Broad bean

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    A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable - they grow in most…

  • zest and juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • large handful coriander or parsley and flatbread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then fry the onion and celery gently for 10 mins until softened, stirring frequently. Tip in the cumin and fry for another min.

  2. Turn up the heat, then add the stock, tomatoes and chickpeas, plus a good grind of black pepper. Simmer for 8 mins. Throw in broad beans and lemon juice, cook for a further 2 mins. Season to taste, then top with a sprinkling of lemon zest and chopped herbs. Serve with flatbread.

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Comments (195)

Julia687's picture

Really delicious and easy soup! To play up the Moroccan flavors I used 1 teaspoon of ras el hanout and then reduced the cumin to 1 teaspoon (since there is already a bit of cumin in ras el hanout). I also added a pinch of cayenne for a little bit of heat. I loved the flavors and will definitely make this again.

ordonnel's picture

Very light and tasty. Will definitely make again.

Strawberrysquash0's picture

I've made this soup a couple of times now and it gets better every time. I used more garlic than stated and used Kidney and Soya Beans instead of Broad Beans. I also left out the celery. I blitzed all the ingredients as I'm not a fan of chickpeas so it was an easy way to hide them - it makes a thick soup this way but it's filling and very tasty. This is a firm favourite to give our cholesterol-friendly diet a big boost thanks to the beans and chickpeas. Thank you :-)

CaptainCurryWurst's picture

Watery and tastless. Had to add some morrocan spices to get this to taste of anything. I dont understand hoe this has so many good reviews. What is wrong with you people??

brianjm's picture

Just cooked up a batch for the first time. Delicious. I added a little chilli powder to spice things up a bit.

muffinmom's picture

This is a favourite with my whole family including my meat demanding teenager. This is one dish he does not grumble about!
I zest in a bit of the lemon for added zing & double up the cumin.

A bowlful of this is perfect for dinner.

Sop1234's picture

Lovely soup. The lemon and coriander at the end give it a really nice finish. Only thing i would change is to make it slightly spicier

minicakes's picture

A wonderful, easy and flavourful soup.

My own tips: (1) Skip the broad beans; the soup is tasty enough without them. (2) Pour about half the soup into a blender and blend it briefly, then mix with the unblended remainder. This makes the overall texture much nicer, because the soup is kind of stew-like otherwise. I think it improves the flavour, too.

rararara's picture

Faaaaaaaaaabulous soup, coming from someone who doesn't really like soup or chickpeas. And I love that it's suitable for vegans as I was making this for a dinner party and one of my friends is vegan.

Redscarf88's picture

Oh wow this soup is amazing. I'd say the best soup I've ever cooked! I don't like celery or broad beans so left them out. I chucked half a yellow pepper cut small in with the onions and it turned out fantastic. Served with a tone of coriander and a dollop of yoghurt. Scrummy!

katies286's picture

I just made this soup and it is lovely, very easy and quick to make. I added 2 tsp harissa paste for a bit more spice and 1 tsp more cumin as it tasted a little tomato-y. The result is delicious and will make a lovely work lunch.

pixiemoo's picture

Very easy to make, tasty and great soup! I have done it several times now. I also put a bit of sour cream on top of the soup just before I start to eat and have toasted black rye bread with a butter on the side.

Dolbs's picture

Really easy, really nice, will definitely have again.

TomGrant's picture

Absolutely LOVED this! Didn't have broad beans so used kidney beans as someone else has mentioned and put them in at the same time as the chickpeas. Was concerned half way through it was a little watery but don't fret, it ends up being perfect. Best recipe I've used from this site so far!

budagirl's picture

Very good soup. I don't have cheakpea and tomato in cans, so I just cooked them myself.

monkeyb0b's picture

This is a cracking soup that I've made a few times and double the last batch and froze it. Tasty and hearty enough for a night shift!

Only thing of note though is that this soup does seem to be prone to erupting in the microwave when you reheat it so definitely worth covering it over and keeping an eye on it

crackyjo's picture

just made this and its so simple yet lovely. Didn't have broad beans or celery so substituted with kidney beans. definitely a keeper.

rachelchamberlain14's picture

Loved this recipe! Pretty much combined it with a similar good food recipe of the chorizo and chickpea soup. Chorizo and loads of Harissa paste made this soup a real treat! Definitely making again

2rachel6's picture

Delicious! I left out the celery as I didn't have any and added a diced potato to bulk it out a little bit more, not that it needed it. I also added a couple of cloves of chopped garlic with the onion. Really tasty and the doesn't 'feel vegetarian', probably because of the hearty chickpeas.
I found that it serves 4 for light lunch or a side, or 2-3 for a evening meal main course, but maybe that's just saying something about my appetite!

greenmillie64's picture

This soup was delicious - really easy to make - even better reheated the next day.


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