Comfort Soup (Vegetarian Chickpea)

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is the vegetarian version of a soup I recently posted. I made it up the other day and it is real comfort food. Hearty and healthy - it makes a big pot and that's a good thing as you'll want more than one bowl.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion, garlic and olive oil together until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add the chickpeas, carrots, tomato paste, bay leaf and 1 1/2 quarts water. Season to taste.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered for 1/2 an hour. Add the pearl barley and simmer for another 40-60 minutes, or until the chickpeas and barley are cooked through and the soup is quite thick (if the soup is too thick, thin with a little hot water until you achieve the consistency you desire).
  4. This was a really satisfying meal with a tossed green salad and garlic bread.


Most Helpful

Tasty and easy! I threw in a can of corn I had sitting around, and substituted broth for about half of the water. I used canned chickpeas and that cut down on the time.

Perfect soup for a cold winter day!

filaughn January 08, 2012

I used veggie stock (powder mixed with the water) and it was really good. It had a nice little bite to it without being too hot. I'll definitely make it again. Using canned chick peas made it a quick and easy soup.

michyj December 04, 2005

This was good! I used tomato sauce instead of paste. I also used a can of chick peas. I will make this again!

Saturn December 04, 2005

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