Greek Chickpea Soup

I am very aware that this soup is not the most appetizing looking. I am like most people – I eat first with my eyes – and I know this just doesn’t measure up. (Just ask our exchange student who refused to even try it . . . ouch!)

The flavor is pretty dang tasty despite all that.

This recipe is inspired by one from Christine Cushing of Food Network Canada.

I took her recipe and made a few tiny changes – okay one tiny change … like adding rice.

Greek Chickpea Soup

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • Water, to cover
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup wild rice blend, rinsed
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Good quality olive oil for drizzling


  1. In a large bowl or crock cover chickpeas with water. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse well with cold water.
  3. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Sauté onion, carrot, and celery in oil until onions start to become softened and browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the rice mix and stir to coat in oil. Let the rice slightly toast, about 2 minutes.
  6. Next add in the garlic, cumin and Greek oregano. Continue to cook 1 or 2 more minutes until the garlic gets slightly browned.
  7. Pour in the vegetable stock, chickpeas, lemon zest and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer for about 40-45 minutes or until the chickpeas are tender.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil to serve.


  1. Karmalife says

    I am so glad I found this recipe! I am Greek, first of all but more importantly a chick pea lover! About to go soak my peas and try this recipe first thing tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!

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