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Creamy Healthy Garbanzo Soup

Updated on November 16, 2011

Soup Recipe Thick and Rich Garbanzo Soup

El Puré de Sopa de Garbanzo

This Garbanzo Soup is thick, rich, and extremely flavorful. There are no milk products in this creamy soup, yet, it is creamy and rich tasting! It is also a frugal hearty meal!

This hearty soup is extremely easy to cook and well suited for a busy cook. You can soak the beans and sauté the vegetables the night before. Then before you go to work combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker.

Set it on low for an 8-hour cook or high for a 4-6 hour cook.

Combine the prepared ingredients before you dress for the day and set the slow cooker on high. Then right before you go out the door to work, switch the slow cooker to low for the long day cook of 8 hours. Leave it on high if you will be back in 4-6 hours.

I recommend that when you come home from work that you switch the cooker to high for the last hour of cooking.

The house will be filled with a delicious aroma when you arrive home from work. Add a nice salad and crunchy bread or crackers. This is a family pleaser!


Before this soup recipe, I was disdainful of most garbanzo recipes. That is almost disrespectful of cooking here in the Southwest! The Christmas favorite of Posolé is a garbanzo based soup and the garbanzo/chickpea legume shows up in many other recipes.

However, garbanzos, Cicer arietinum, or chickpeas are found in many different cuisines. In fact the garbanzo is a very familiar ingredient in many cuisines from Indian cuisines to the Mid-Eastern cuisines as well as South American and Mexican cuisines.

The garbanzo legume is very healthy for you. It is packed with protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and folate. Garbanzos are one of the healthy sources of carbohydrates. They are low in fats too!

Turkey broth is also good for you too. See my turkey recipe and learn how to make your own broth or buy the store made broths.

Hummus is another wonderful food made with the garbanzo. Before this recipe, hummus is the only way I liked garbanzos.

El Puré de Sopa de Garbanzo

El Puré de Sopa de Garbanzo Recipe Ingredients

2 T. Olive oil

2 Onions

2 Ribs celery

5 C. Turkey broth (with lots of turkey bits!)

1 Pound garbanzo beans

1 T. cornstarch

Salt and pepper

El Puré de Sopa de Garbanzo Recipe Instructions

Garbanzo bean preparation

-Soak overnight, rinse, and pick-out any stones

-OR boil for a few minutes then rinse and pick-out any stones

-OR buy cans of already cooked garbanzo beans! (* )

Place turkey broth in slow cooker and turn on high

Heat oil in large Dutch oven

Sauté chopped onions and chopped celery

Add garbanzos and stir/sauté for a few minutes

(this can be done the night before too)

Place the sautéed veggies in the slow cooker and stir in NOTE: you may need to add some water here, make sure the beans immersed, even 1" of water above is okay!

Cook for 8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.

Once done add 1 T. cornstarch

Hand blend to a smooth consistency

Salt and pepper to taste


(*) If you use already cooked canned garbanzo beans you only need to cook long enough for the flavors to meld nicely; so, 2-4 hours in the slow cooker on low should be just fine.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Ahh, the time of year for soups and stews is upon us in the US! I will have to try this soup, thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona was 26 degrees this morning up on the mesa in NM. brrrrr

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Wow! Sounds easy to make, healthy & good. Love making soup as the weather gets colder. Thanks!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks shea!

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      I love garbanzo beans... for 10 years I was a vegetarian and used to substitute garbanzos for meat... tacos were especially good... her in NJ people call them chick peas (fa get abou ih) great hub

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks Jackie! Serve it with some salmon burgers.

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      Jackie 6 years ago

      Another hit. I certainly won't suffer from hypothermia with this great soup recipe. Love the ease and the taste. Thanks.

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      It is soooooo refreshing to publish something and find out that many others like ingredients like the humble yet-so-tasty garbanzo bean! Thanks cardelean!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yum, yum and yum! We love hummous so I think that this would be a tasty treat. Definitely a must try.

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      thnx Just Ask Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A must try this winter. Thanks for the recipe.