Chickpea Soup

Cook time 2 hours + overnight soaking
Servings 4

Ingredients

500g dried chickpeas – soaked on cold water overnight

1-2 sticks of celery – finely chopped

1 large onion – chopped

150ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving

Juice of 1 lemon or more if needed

2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley – chopped

A sprinkling of dried oregano

1 bay leaf

Salt & pepper

Chickpea Soup

Method

Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan, add the onion and celery and sauté until it starts to colour.

Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas, rinse them under cold water and drain them again. Shake the colander or sieve to dry the chickpeas as much as possible then add them to the pan. Turn them with a spatula for a few minutes to coat them well with the oil.

Add the dried oregano and bay leaf then pour in enough hot water to submerge the contents of the pot by about 4 centimetres (approx 2L hot water).

Bring to a boil. Skim off any white froth that rises to the surface using a slotted spoon. Lower the heat, add some pepper, cover and cook for 1-1¼ hours or until the chickpeas are soft.

When the chickpeas are perfectly soft, add the lemon juice. Mix well then add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pan and cook gently for 5-10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

To thicken the soup slightly, take out about two cupfuls of the chickpeas and blend them in a food processor. Make sure the chickpeas are broken up but remain slightly rough. Stir this into the soup and mix well.

Add the parsley and oregano then taste the soup. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt and pepper, if desired.

Serve with a little extra olive oil drizzled on top of the soup.