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Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Soup with Rice

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 13 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x


This chickpea soup recipe with rice and lemon is bright and restorative! Cozy up to a bowl of this satisfyingly healthy, easy soup.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced (1-inch nub)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice
  • 3 cups baby spinach (or chopped greens like kale or chard)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (half lemon)


  1. Prepare the vegetables: Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Chop the celery. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince the ginger. Mince the garlic. Drain the chickpeas.
  2. Prepare the soup: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chickpeas, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, garlic powder, turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, rice and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender.
  4. Stir in the spinach and lemon zest and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Taste and add a pinch more salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve warm (garnish with grated Parmesan for a flavor punch, if you like). Stores 3 days refrigerated; the rice soaks up the broth over time, so add a splash or water and a pinch of salt when reheating leftovers.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Chickpea soup, chickpea soup recipe, rice soup