Chickpea Soup

Chickpea-Soup-480519777Whether you’re looking to eat healthy, save time or feed a crowd, chickpeas are a winning option.

1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, or 3 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 sprig thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 cups vegetable broth
Kosher salt
1 bunch broccoli, stems reserved for another use, cut into small florets
Flat-leaf parsley and fresh tarragon leaves (for garnish)

If using dried chickpeas, place in a medium bowl and add cold water to cover by 2 inches. Let soak overnight in refrigerator. Drain chickpeas.

Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and thyme sprig; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, 10-15 minutes. Add chickpeas and wine. Bring to a rapid simmer; cook until wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chickpeas are very soft, 1 1/2-2 hours for dried chickpeas, or about 30 minutes for canned. Discard thyme sprig.

Working in batches, purée chickpea mixture in a blender or with an immersion blender, adding water by 1/2-cupfuls if needed, until smooth. Season with salt. DO AHEAD: Chickpea soup can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

Meanwhile, cook broccoli in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; rinse under cold water.

Reheat soup. Divide soup among bowls and garnish with broccoli and herbs.

Recipe from Epicurious