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Chickpea and smoked paprika soup

Uncategorized | November 8, 2011 | By

 At this time of year I always have a pot of soup on at the weekend, so I was delighted when Lyndsay at Vanilla and Lemon Drops announced that ‘Soup’ was the theme for her November Sweet Heat challenge.

 I had a few cookbooks lying around in the living room and one of them was ‘Supper for a Song’ by Tamasin Day Lewis.  It was from this book that I was inspired to  make the Tomato and Chilli Jam, Pineapple Chilli Jam and also the Chocolate Chilli Custards.  Hmm bit of a theme here?  Not all of that is Tamasin’s idea as she didn’t have chilli in her Chocolate Custard!

I liked the look of this soup because I knew I had half a bag of chickpeas and also two tins of Pimenton (smoked paprika), the sweet one and the hot one, that my foodie son bought me last Christmas.   You can use tinned chickpeas if you don’t have time to soak and cook the chickpeas before you make the soup.

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Chickpea and smoked paprika soup
If you don’t have both types of smoked paprika, just use one, but probably no more than 1/4 tsp of the hot stuff or it will overpower the soup.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, de-strung with a potato peeler and chopped small
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary needles
  • 4 ladlefuls cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g/14oz tin tin cherry tomatoes
  • 8-10 ladlefuls vegetable stock
  • to taste sea salt and black pepper
  • a small handful of flat leaved parsley, chopped
1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan and add the onion, garlic, celery and rosemary.2. Fry for a few minutes until they begin to soften, then add the chickpeas, smoked paprika, bay leaves, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes.3. Bring to a simmer, then add the stock, season and bring back to the boil.  4. Lower the heat and heat and simmer for 10 minutes.5. Discard the bay leaves.  Blitz about half the mixture in a blender, then re-introduce it to the chunky soup in the pan.6. Tsate and adjust the seaoning, stir in the parsley and reheat if you need to.  Ladle into warm bowls and serve.

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Yield: serves 4


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    Karen S Booth
    November 8, 2011

    I love soup and also pimenton too….this looks great for the cold weather we are having!

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    November 8, 2011

    This would make the soup lover in me happy! Do you have an idea how much '8-10 ladlefuls vegetable stock' is? My ladle is about 1/2 cup but I do have different size ladles. I am thinking 4-6 cups but since this recipe serves 4 maybe it is 2-3 cups?

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    November 8, 2011

    Lorraine, I think my ladle is probably just under a cup. The measure was suggested in the recipe and seemed to work well in the recipe, next time I make it I'll measure the liquid to make it easier. I have to say that it would probably serve 6 as part of a meal.

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    November 8, 2011

    What a scrummy soup. I love chickpea and smoked and hot paprika and can't wait to try this out

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    Brownieville Girl
    November 8, 2011

    Hardy, delicious soup – perfect for the cold weather.

    I'm a big TDL fan, but don't have this book – is it worth buying?

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    November 8, 2011

    This is exactly the type of soup I love. It sounds lovely and warming.

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    November 10, 2011

    Soup looks great Janice.

    I have the hot smoked paprika (from a large Sainsburys) but found the sweet one impossible to track down in any of the main UK supermarkets (this was only earlier this year). Where did you find it!
    Thank you
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

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    November 10, 2011

    Drooling!!! This looks so good – a comforting, warming soup with a bit of a kick – just perfect!

    Thank you so much for taking part in this months Sweet Heat Challenge! I can't wait to try this : )

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    November 10, 2011

    Hopeeternalcookbook – My son bought both of the tins of pimenton from Harvey Nichols food hall v. posh! However you can get it on Amazon for £6.99 HERE

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    November 11, 2011

    I am loving this soup Janice. Soup great flavours. I must give it a go soon 🙂

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    November 21, 2011

    So funny 🙂 I made a variation of this soup at the weekend, sadly I cannot submit it to Tinned Tomatoes as it was not random.

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    September 6, 2012

    Hi there. This week's Food on Friday is all about chillies and other spicy stuff. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

    PS I am following you now. If you like Carole's Chatter it would be great if you followed me back.

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