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Rustic Vegetable Chickpea Soup

Is your tummy (or heart) in need of a satisfying, wholesome, veggie-dense, comfort-food lunch? Look no further than this rustic chickpea soup.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Canadian
Servings: 6
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes from half of a 28 oz can
  • 1 quart/litre vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp fresh, minced
  • 1 cup small pasta
  • 1 can chickpeas drained (or about 2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1 bunch swiss chard stems and leaves separated, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
  • generous pinch red chili flakes plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley plus more for serving (optional)
  • freshly grated parmesan for serving optional


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and saute until softened, but not browned (reduce heat if they start browning), about 7 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste, then add diced tomatoes, stock and dried oregano. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in pasta, chickpeas and swiss chard stems; simmer until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Add swiss chard leaves, and stir until wilted, about 1 minute. Add salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Stir in parsley just before serving, and top individual bowls with more parsley, chili flakes and parmesan, if desired.