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spicy chickpea soup

Spicy chickpea soup, flavoured with mild curried spices. This simple broth is quick to cook and suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Spicy chickpea soup is simple and quick to cook. A vegetable based broth packed full of vegetables, chickpeas and flavoured with curry powder for added spice!

2 bowls of curried chickpea and vegetable soup on a blue background

I first tried a version of this simple soup at a local cafe and decided I’d like to recreate it. The soup I tried was a carrot and chickpea soup, and whilst delicious I wanted something with a bit more bite and a lot more spice.

So I decided to take this carrot and chickpea soup recipe and make it my own by adding the extra vegetables and a nice hit of spice.

This spicy chickpea soup recipe uses the simplest of vegetables, those I generally have in my weekly shop. However, feel free to adapt and add in any other vegetables that you and your family enjoy eating.

What I like most about this spicy chickpea soup is that it can be prepared cooked and on the table in less than 30 minutes. This makes it ideal for a midweek supper dish alongside some crusty bread.

Recipe steps:

Soup ingredients laid on a wooden chopping board.
Look out ingredients and prepare vegetables.
Onions, leeks and carrots diced in a frying pan sauteeing.
Heat a large stock pan over a medium head. Pour in the sunflower oil and add in the vegetables. Saute the vegetables gently for 5 minutes to soften.
A tin of chickpeas drained and added to sauteed vegetables in a frying pan.
Add the chickpeas to the pan and stir through the vegetables.
A hand adding a spoon of dried curry powder to sauteed vegetables and chickpeas.
Now add the curry powder to the stock pan and stir through the vegetables and chickpeas. Cook for 30 seconds.
Finally add the vegetable stock and simmer the soup gently for 15 minutes and serve.



I like to use chickpeas as my family all love this pulse. However, you could also substitute with quinoa or any other tinned bean, like cannellini or borlotti, if you would prefer.


In the past I have also added a handful of red lentils to make a lentil and chickpea soup. The added lentils thicken the soup, giving it a thicker texture that you would expect from a lentil and chickpea soup.


When making spicy chickpea soup I like to keep it simple adding carrot, celery, onion, leek and garlic to flavour the soup. However, you can easily add other vegetables to this simple broth.

Here are some suggestions of vegetables that would work well in this spicy chickpea soup:

  • bell peppers
  • courgette
  • green beans
  • butternut squash
  • sweet potato
  • spinach or kale (added towards the end of the cook)


The spicing for this spicy chickpea soup is really simple. I used Schwartz Madras curry powder blend. However, you could also use mild curry powder which will give you the same taste without the chilli heat.

Soup as a main meal?

I know there are those who just don’t think that soup makes a proper main meal, seeing it more as a lunch dish or starter for a larger dinner.

However, this chickpea soup recipe is packed full of vegetables and the added chickpeas make it a filling meal.

Serve this soup simply with some crusty bread and you have a great vegetable laden meal for those meat-free days I like to include in my weekly diet!

Why you should add soup to your weekly diet?

If you keep soup low, or completely free of dairy as I have done here, you can produce a really healthy dish. Given the high water content, soup is great for hydration. The chickpeas and vegetables used in this soup are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Furthermore, chickpeas are high in protein so make a great replacement for meat in our diets. Add a handful of lentils to make a lentil and chickpea soup and you have a great high protein bowl of soup.

Can spicy chickpea soup be prepared in advance?

Spicy chickpea soup is a great make ahead dish. Simply make the soup, allow to cool completely, before covering and popping into the fridge. This soup will keep for 3 days in the fridge.

Can I freeze this soup?

As with most soups, spicy chickpea soup can be frozen. Once cooked, simply decant the soup into containers suitable for the freezer and allow to cool completely. Once cold pop into the freezer where you can store this soup for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to eat, remove from the freezer and defrost, before heating to piping hot and serving.

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Spicy Chickpea Soup

A simple spiced chickpea and vegetable broth, quick to cook and suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 84kcal


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 4 carrots (diced)
  • 2 sticks celery (diced)
  • 1 leek (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely sliced)
  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 dsp medium curry powder
  • 1.5 ltr vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper


  • Pour the oil into a large saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and leek to the pan and saute gently for 5 minutes, taking care to soften the vegetables but not brown them.
  • Add the garlic and chickpeas to the pan and saute for a further minute. Add the curry powder and cook for a further minute stirring constantly.
  • Add the vegetable stock to the pan, season with salt and pepper and simmer gently for a further 15 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.


This recipe uses chickpeas but you could easily substitute with a tin of pulses or some quinoa – whatever you have to hand.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chickpea Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10560IU211%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Canape, Starter, Side
Cuisine : British
Keyword : chicken soup, Simple, vegan, vegetarian
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