chickpea soup with rosemary

by Stevie on November 17, 2011

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chickpea soup with rosemary

chickpea soup with rosemary

This incredible recipe comes from the new David Rocco cookbook, Made in Italy. We’d not heard of this stylish Italian chef until Hegui happened across his gorgeous cookbook in a shop in Healdsburg while we were wine tasting that weekend. Apparently he’s a Food Network star for their Canadian outlet. There’re tons of videos from the show on U-tube. Here’s one:

I like the food and the excitement that Rocco brings to the subject. Can’t wait for his show to come out in the U.S. For now, we’ll just have to content ourselves with these yummy recipes.

I basically followed his but used more chickpeas. Mine were a mix of canned and dried that I rehydrated, though in the book it calls only for canned. The taste was superb. Too bad the soup, unlike the celebrity chef, isn’t especially photogenic.

chickpea soup with rosemary

4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
3 cups chickpeas
Salt and black pepper to taste
Water to taste
Parmigiano-Reggiano and more olive oil to finish

Sauté diced onion and rosemary in olive oil until onions start to turn golden. Add chickpeas, salt and pepper. Add water to your taste. I made my soup a little watery. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Use a stick blender to mash some of the chickpeas and onion to thicken the soup. Cook about 15 minutes. Serve warm and finish with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and some olive oil.

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Alaiyo Kiasi November 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

What a simple recipe. I think I’ll try it with canned chickpeas first (raw chickpeas take so long to cook)! Thanks for sharing this easy, delicious-looking soup.


BTW, how can I get a list of Bloggers’ latest posts like you have? It’s so generous of you, and I’d like to do the same.
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Magic of Spice November 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

It does look like a great cooking show…very lively! And this soup is wonderful, I adore rosemary 🙂
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Krista November 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Oh how wonderful! I adore chickpea soup and have dried chickpeas and harissa in my cupboard ready to make some next week. I haven’t made it with rosemary though and will have to try your version. 🙂
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Carol November 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

This is a simple yet amazing recipe. This is just what a beginner like me needs. I hope I do it right though. I think this is a meal my family will enjoy. I am planning to surprise them. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

Shelley November 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

I’ve bookmarked so many lovely looking soup recipes lately- I’m adding your post to the list. I hadn’t heard of David either- thanks for the tip!
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tasteofbeirut November 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Love these simple chickpea recipes! Sorry, but I will add some garlic, I think! (and keep everything else as is!)
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