Hasa Al Hummus -- Moroccan Chickpea Soup

"Hasa Al Hummus is a wonderful Moroccan vegetarian soup for a comforting winter warmer. Morocco adores her soups though there are not a million varieties. Many recipes online may taste good though are faux or Moroccan "style" soups. I can guarantee that from me what you get is completely authentic Moroccan fare. I owe this to those interested in Moroccan food/cooking that is authentic. This is a very simple basic soup as most Moroccan foods are. Go to a touristy, especially a fancy one, spot and you will get French food with Moroccan influences; not how we eat every day. We eat Moroccan food perhaps with a French influence or two though never vice versa. My housemaid Nasiha who is approximately 60 taught me this recipe. I say approximately as many in Morocco do not know their birthday. Whip this up like we do and enjoy! In a pinch you can use canned chickpeas. They are acceptable, merely omit the first cooking hour. As an aside, here, hummus is the word for chickpea, not the dip/spread."
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins




  • In a soup pot combine the chickpeas and water and bring to a rolling boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook 1 hour.
  • While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onions, garlic, and hot pepper (we use a small straight pickled hot pepper from a jar) until they barely take on color; very slightly browned.
  • Add the mixture and the remainder of the ingredients to the soup pot and simmer 1 hour or until the chickpeas are soft. You don't want a "bite" to the chickpeas but firm and creamy.
  • NB: The preparation time does not include soaking the chickpeas.

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  1. I made this just as written except I added double the parsley and no cilantro because I forgot to purchase it. It was fantastic! The flavours are surprisingly complex and I found both the heat and the acidity to be right on. It was easy to prepare, inexpensive, and healthy! A winner!
  2. 4 1/2 stars. This soup is fine. I didn't use cayenne but added a little baharat spice mix that had cayenne in it. I also through in some frozen mixed vegetables DH liked that I preferred it without just because they tasted like what they are, frozen vegetables. I don't think I will make this soup again.
  3. This soup is easy to make and tastes wonderful. Once it was cooked I decided to to use my hand blender and roughly puree the soup. Even my kids liked it. Instead of using fresh tomatoes I had about 12oz. can that needed to be used up. Thanks for the recipe.
  4. This was great! I made this because I knew it was to my taste, but the whole family liked it. My husband doesn't really like chickpeas except in hummus spread, but even he enjoyed this. My 18 month old stood at my side as I ate, demanding "Bite! Bite!" A definite winner.
  5. This was ok. Too spicy for me! Left out the cilantro (personal taste). I added a little spinach since I thought it needed something more than just chick peas and onions and tomatoes. Next time I will start with less pepper and add to taste.


  1. A nice, quick and tasty soup!!! I used split chickpeas and they didn't seem to need as much cooking. I also didn't have a hot pepper so I put harissa in instead.
  2. If I could describe this soup in three words or less, it would be: vibrant, bright, flavorful. What a great, great soup. The only difference I made, because of my family's tastes, was substitute a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste for the tomatoes. We also used one jalapeno.
  3. A fabulously flavoursome soup which was really quick to make and, as an added bonus, is VERY low in fat, so you can savour the wonderful blend of flavours and feel virtuous doing so! I made only one change: I subbed the hot pepper for a sweet red capsicum (personal taste preference). And I included the optional tomatoes. I served this to friends with warm pita bread and everyone loved it, came back for seconds and wanted the recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this!


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