September 24, 2019

Chickpea, Leek and Fennel Soup

  • 500g dried chickpeas(garbanzo) beans or 2 X 400g cans
  • Pinch of dried chili
  • 2 Liters of chicken stock

Dried Beans: If you are using dried chickpeas, cover them in water and soak overnight. In the morning drain and transfer them to the chicken stock. Make sure the stock is covering the beans by at least 3 cm and add a pinch of red chili and cook until tender.

Canned Beans: If you are using canned beans, fully rinse them and then transfer them to the chicken stock. Make sure the stock is covering the beans by at least 3 cm and add a pinch of red chili, bring to simmer before you sweat the following items down:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 Leeks, cut into 1 cm pieces
  • 2 Small fennel bulbs, cut into 1 cm pieces
  • Sea Salt and Pepper

In a separate large heavy pan heat a little olive oil and sweat the shallots, leeks and fennel until soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Once they soften, add them into the chicken stock and beans and simmer for 5 minutes.

Put aside about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture and then run the rest through a blender. Once it is liquefied, add back in the amount you set aside.

Warm up, drizzle with olive and serve.

Note: sometime I cook up bacon and add it in right before serving... everything is better with bacon.