Garbanzo Beans or chickpeas are the most widely consumed legume in the world. Originating in the Middle East, they have a firm texture with a flavor somewhere between chestnuts and walnuts. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, phosphorus, calcium and iron making them as nutritious as they are delicious! Like other beans and legumes garbanzos are also a very good source of fiber. For more detailed information on their nutritional profile and health benefits click here: Garbanzo Beans
Garbanzo Bean Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
2 leeks, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb 2 oz/ 800 g canned chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
3 ¾ cups chicken bouillon
1 ½ cups canned garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
8 oz/ 225 g fresh spinach
To taste salt
To taste pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and zucchini and cook briskly for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, chicken bouillon, and the garbanzo beans.
3. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes
4. Shred the spinach finely, add to the soup and cook for 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Ladle the soup into 4 warmed serving bowls and serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Calories per serving: 297
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 11 g
Carbohydrate: 24 g
Fat: 18 g
Saturates: 2 g
More Nutritious and Delicious Garbanzo Bean Recipes: