Garbanzo Soup

Here you have another easy and delicious recipe for this Lent Season, I hope you give it a try!

  • 1 lb. Uncooked Garbanzo beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable or Chicken Bouillon Seasoning 
  • Black Pepper 

Sort out the Garbanzo Beans, remove any dirt or small rocks from the package, then rinse the garbanzo beans with cold water.

Soak the garbanzo beans, you can either soak them overnight, or do a quick soak in boiling water.

To soak overnight: Just place the garbanzo beans in a large pot with plenty of water, and leave them in the water all  night.

To do a Quick Soak:  Boil plenty of water, add in the garbanzo beans, and boil them for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the garbanzo beans in the hot water for 2-3 hours.

Remove the skin from the garbanzo beans.  After the beans are well soaked, the skin will come off right away. Grab some of the beans, rub them with your hands, and the skin will fall right away.  You can also place all the garbanzo beans on a kitchen towel and then rub them with another towel and the skin will fall just as easy.

Cook the Garbanzos:  Bring plenty of water to a boil, about 6 - 8 cups of water, once the water is boiling, now add in half an onion and two garlic cloves, season with one tablespoon of vegetable or chicken flavor bouillon, and also add in the garbanzo beans, give it a stir, and cook on medium heat for one hour.

Chop the tomatoes and the onions into small cubes.
In a skillet, heat up one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and add the chopped onion and the chopped tomatoes, season with a teaspoon of vegetable flavor bouillon, also add black pepper to taste, stir well and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes or until really soft.  Set aside until you are ready to use this.

After an hour of cooking, the garbanzo beans should be really tender by now, so now into the pot with the garbanzo beans now we will also add in the mixture of the cooked tomatoes and onions, and also add in the chopped Cilantro.  Feel free to remove the half an onion and the two garlic cloves from the pot if you want to.  Taste the flavor add salt or black pepper if you think is necessary.  Cover with a lid, and continue to cook this until it boils.

Once it starts boiling, place about 2 cups of the cooked garbanzo beans into a blender, and blend them on high for about 2 minutes until they become a puree. Now place the garbanzo puree back into the pot with the rest of the garbanzo beans, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

After 5 minutes, you can serve this delicious soup!

I like to serve it with diced avocado and Serrano slices. Enjoy!!