Monday, September 30, 2013

Make it: Chick Pea and Leek Soup

Comfort food is one of the great things of colder weather and this chick pea soup is the perfect lunch for a weekend indoors. Easy to make, cheap and very filling. This is a very Greek recipe, Greek cuisine has many pulses soups recipes and this is a classic for you to try. I actually thought it was a proper Greek as I found it on a Greek recipe website, alas it's by Jamie Oliver, funny! 

Printable recipe here


250-300 grams dried chick peas 
1 litre chicken stock (I made it with 2 chicken stock cubes)
2 large leeks
1 medium white onion
1 medium potato
2 garlic cloves
4 tsbs olive oil
50 gr butter
Grated parmesan 

How to Make it

Soak your dried chick peas in a bowl with salted water from the night before. 
Slice your leeks and onion, chop your garlic and grate your potato. 
Make your chicken stock.

In a large pot with 800 litres of water boil the rinsed chick peas until soft. Drain them and disregard all the water. 
In the same pot add the olive oil over medium heat and cook slightly the leeks, onion, garlic and potato until tender. Throw in your chick peas and butter and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and salt and pepper at taste. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 40 minutes. If you want your soup to be a bit creamy (I know you do) blend some of the chick peas and put them back in (you can also blend it all if you want it really creamy).
Let it cool for about 5 minutes and serve warm with shaved parmesan and olive oil. 

Printable recipe here
Recipe comes from here (original by Jamie Oliver's which I had no idea when making it!)


  1. My thoughts exactly Andy, pefect soup for a fall lunch!

  2. mmmm i love chick peas, this sounds v. good. maybe with a little feta instead of parmesan?

  3. oh yes, I didn't think of it, but can definitely work! I want to try the cauliflower pizza you blogged about, next on my Make it list :)

  4. oh you definitely should try the cauliflower pizza! even my husband (the cauliflower hater!) loved it and said it had a very subtle cauliflower flavor:)


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