This tomato sage chickpea soup with dried porcini mushrooms is everything a good soup recipe should be: cozy, colorful, tasty, and nourishing.
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 large yellow onion (or 2 small)
- 2 carrots
- 1 stalk celery
- 4 large garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon minced sage leaves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 28 ounces San Marzano whole tomatoes (with basil, or without)
- 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable broth
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (1 1/2 cups cooked)
- 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 to 3 cups baby spinach leaves (or chopped standard spinach)
- Place the mushrooms in a bowl with 2 cups water; let them stand for about 15 minutes until tender. (Note that the soaking liquid will be used in the soup as well.)
- Meanwhile, thinly slice the onions into half-circles (this adds texture to the soup versus the traditional diced onion). Peel the carrots; chop the carrots and celery into bite-sized pieces. Mince the garlic and sage.
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the porcini mushrooms from the water and roughly chop them; save the water for adding to the soup. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes until onions are tender, making sure to stir often so they don’t become too stuck to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the celery and carrots and saute for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sage and saute for 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the apple cider vinegar and stir for a few seconds until evaporated.
- In a bowl, crush the whole tomatoes with your hands. Gently add the tomatoes and cook 2 for more minutes. Then add the broth, mushroom liquid, drained chickpeas and salt. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the spinach and stir for a few seconds until wilted.
- Taste and adjust kosher salt as necessary (salt depends on the salt content of the broth and tomatoes), then serve.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Chickpea Soup, Tomato Soup, Sage, Chickpeas, Dried Porcini Mushrooms, Soup, Healthy Soup, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free