Spicy harissa, aubergine & chickpea soup

Spicy harissa, aubergine & chickpea soup

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
Use a spoonful of hot, peppery North African chilli sauce as the base for this chunky, low-fat vegetable soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal157
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre9g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 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…

  • 2 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 2 aubergines, diced



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • 2 tbsp coriander, chopped


  1. Soften onion in olive oil in a large saucepan. Add harissa and cook for 2 mins, stirring. Add aubergines and coat in the harissa. Add tomatoes, chickpeas and 500ml of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Stir through the coriander, season and serve.

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28th Sep, 2018
Very easy one pot recipe. I agree with comment about spice levels of harissa, I obviously had a mild one and tasted quite bland,so I added a teaspoon of chilli powder which really helped. Also made with veg stock instead of water. Don't miss out the coriander, it really makes it taste much fresher. I used a large handful and stirred through at the end. Easy to use for lunch the next day, I served with pitta bread. Easy and tasty, great vegan option.
8th Jun, 2013
Used veg stock instead of water, thought it was tasty but check how hot your harissa is, they vary quite a bit and mine ended up being incredibly spicy.
20th Nov, 2012
looks great, think I might chuck in some cous cous to beef it out
20th Nov, 2012
@ Geoffers Harissa is a spicy paste, comes from North Africa and is used in variety of dishes. You can replace it with maybe red curry paste (gives a different but definitely not a bad taste) or just add chilli.
20th Nov, 2012
Vegetable stock gives this a bit more heft.
20th Nov, 2012
It sounds good but I don't know what Harissa is?
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