Chickpea, Quinoa, and Tomato Soup

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked.  "I don't deserve it.  I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte.  "That in itself is a tremendous thing."
-E.B. White, Charlotte's Web


I can still remember being six years old and reading Charlotte's Web in grade school.  I was completely captivated by the story, Charlotte, and her friendship with Wilbur.  I cried at the end of the book, of course, and, to this day, think every spider I see is Charlotte.  This makes for a humorous situation in our home, as Dayv is terrified of spiders.  He will come rushing into the room, completely horrified, to tell me he found a spider on the wall.  "I'm going to kill it!" he'll say.  "No!  Don't kill Charlotte!" I'll respond.  I get a napkin, carefully trap my friend, and let her outside.  Never kill a Charlotte.

Every person needs a friend like Charlotte in their life.  A friend that will love you for all you are and all that you will become.  A friend that sees your potential in life and will do whatever they can to help.  A friend to rest your shoulder on, to tell all of your worries and inconsequential daily problems, and not worry about being judged.  My Charlotte is Lora.


I have been missing Lora tremendously since she moved to South Carolina last July.  We talk on the phone and email each other weekly, but it's a far cry from seeing each other on a bi-weekly basis.  After a particularly difficult week of soul searching and life refection, and one in which Lora and I talked on the phone two nights in a row, I came home from work to find a package.  My heart wanted to burst from all of the love I felt after reading the return address was from Lora.  The presents inside were wrapped so perfectly that I almost didn't want to open them.  I carefully unwrapped the two boxes and found the most beautiful apron I have ever seen, and a cookbook with gorgeous photographs and inspiring recipes.  I think of the quote above, and how lucky I am to have Lora in my life.   

Thank you, Lora, for continuing to love me, believe in me, and encourage me.  And for just being you.  


Notes: I have made this soup a number of times, varying the ingredients slightly.  If you prefer, rice is a great alternative to the quinoa.  I have also added mushrooms and broccoli, which makes for a more hearty, but equally delicious soup. 

Chickpea, Quinoa, and Tomato Soup
adapted from Pure Vegan
serves four to six
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp chopped fresh sage
sea salt
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 c dried quinoa, rinsed
1 16oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
28oz can diced tomatoes

In a large pot over medium heat, saute onions with a bit of sea salt until translucent.  Add in garlic and a bit of sea salt and saute for an additional 3 minutes, or until fragrant.  Add herbs and saute for 30 seconds.  Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Add in quinoa, cover pot, and reduce heat to low.  Allow to cook for 20 minutes.  Take off cover and add chickpeas and tomatoes.  Allow to cook for an additional 10-30 minutes.  Enjoy!

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52 comments:

  1. This soup looks so delicious! I loved Charlottes web, its such a beautiful story...

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    1. thanks, lysa! it really is so beautiful.

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  2. Aw, you are lucky to have a Lora! Friends like that are such a blessing. It's hard when we're not in the same place to see them everyday, but it still feels good to know that they're out there. I checked that cookbook out of the library a while back, and the pictures really are gorgeous! That soup looks so tasty! I wish winter would hurry up and leave already, but soup makes it a bit more palatable at least. :)

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    1. i wish winter would leave, too! i do love soups and stews, but i really need sunshine back in my life.

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  3. I love soups when they are simple like this and warms the heart with memories. :)

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  4. It feels like the perfect day for this soup, especially since we're getting yet another round of snow in Boston. I'm out of quinoa at the moment, but I'm thinking wild rice could be really good (it's my new obsession - I love the chew!). Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. oh, i love wild rice! what a great idea!

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  5. I love the idea of a sweet and savory tomato soup packed with crunchy quinoa and substantial chickpeas. Hooray!

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  6. i would eat chickpeas in anything. this soup looks like one perfect one pot meal! you are so lucky to have Lora :) i am sending you 2 get together wishes.. hope you get to see each other often. all my old friends are distributed over different continents in the world and i havent met them in 15 years :(.

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    1. i can't imagine not seeing my best friends in 15 years! that must be so sad, richa. i hope you see them again, soon!

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  7. This looks so good - I love quinoa. It's so hardy and filling. I can't wait to try this soup!

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    1. thanks, maria! hope you enjoy it ;)

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  8. Oooh this looks like a very comforting and healthy meal. Everyone does indeed deserve a Charlottle in their life :)

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  9. That looks so comforting! I love that the recipe requires simple ingredients. And I agree true friends are priceless :)

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    1. simple ingredients are my motto in life and in cooking ;)

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  10. Beautiful -- I adore tomato based soups and the addition of quinoa & chickpeas must make this soup the perfect comfort food with loads of proteins. Lovely & soothing too.

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  11. I love you little chickpea! I wanted to cry when I read this. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend. Not only do you cook delicious food, but you have always been there for me, you make me feel special and you write the most beautiful posts! You are my Charlotte too!

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  12. This looks awesome!
    Can't wait to try!

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  13. This sounds delicious and is simple! Absolutely the best combo. Thanks!

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  14. Now look who's crying! I love this post. It made me miss my best friend so bad! The worst part is that we live in the same city (on opposite ends, mind you), but with our schedules, we never see each other! You've totally reminded me that it's been far too long, and I'm going to change that. :-)

    And I was a huge Charlotte's Web fan when I was a kid. I think that's where my love of pigs came from. :-)

    P.S. This soup looks wonderful- any kind of tomato soup is awesome in my book.

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    1. you gotta go see your bf soon, kristy ;)

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  15. Thank you for this post and all that is shared herein. I became teary-eyed--as did others, it seems- while reading it, and plan to make this gorgeous soup asap.

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  16. Awe, your friendship with Lora is just so wonderful. Makes my heart happy. Everyone should have a friend like that. Someone who you share good times with, but also someone who is there to help pick up your spirits when you need. And someone to laugh with and have deep conversations with. What gorgeous gifts she sent you!

    And I'm the same way! I always see every spider as Charlotte. Jesse is terrified of spiders, so I always am in charge of "killing" them for him. What he does not know is that I catch them in plastic containers and take them outside. *hehe*

    This is one delicious looking soup! I definitely need to make it ASAP. I adore tomato soups and quinoa is something I love to add to everything. Awesome recipe sweetie! xo

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    1. thanks, courtney! i love that you see spiders as charlotte, too <3

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  17. Hi! I’m new follower of your blog and would like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

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    I hope you can make it!



    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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    1. thanks, kathy! i'll look into it ;)

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  18. What a heart-warming story, and a lovely heart-warming soup! It's a shame we are still in the midst of a heat-wave here in Melbourne - this looks like just the treat for a cold winter's night. (Courtney J: I'm a plastic container spider saver too!)

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    1. thanks, lisa! yay for spider savers <3

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  19. What a beautiful, beautiful post, and a gorgeous soup!

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  20. I recently made this and loved it! I especially loved the textures from the quinoa and chickpea. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I've featured it on my blog :) Here's the post: http://wp.me/p1defE-1YP

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  21. Friends like that are far and few between- hold on tight to that one!

    Justin is my spider trapper - we actually had 2 house spiders living with us a year ago that we named Ed & Fred...well turned out Ed and Fred made little spider babies which we had to vacuum hundreds off our ceiling - lesson learned, the Ed's and Fred's in our life are meant to live in our Garden and not our house :)

    This soup looks so comforting!

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  22. For some reason I've never thought of putting quinoa IN soup!

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    1. me either...and the second I saw it I thought....she's brilliant!

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  23. I very recently became vegetarian and my husband is not happy about it. I found your recipe here and I made it for dinner tonight. I added mushrooms like you suggested. I have to say it was delicious and my husband even loved it! This is one of the best things I have ever made. I will be making it regularly from now on. Thank you!

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    1. oh julia! i am so happy to read this!!! thank you for your comment and i am so glad both you and your husband loved it <3

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  24. this looks delicious! i would like to add mushrooms, and am wondering at which point i should do so - maybe chop up a portabella and saute in with the garlic? what do you suggest? thanks!

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    1. hi alice! yes, i'd saute mushrooms with the garlic!

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    2. thank you so much! i sauteed a diced portabella in with the garlic, and also added in a chopped zucchini in the last 10 minutes, and it was more delicious than i could even have imagined. this will be a go-to for me from now on! <3

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  25. Wait so do I just throw the whole can of tomatoes in or do i drain them first?

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  26. I just used this recipe as the basis for what I made tonight and.....it was ridiculous. Of course, I didn't have all the ingredients, and of course I was one of those obnoxious ppl that wanted to do something else with it....but without this recipe guiding me, I would have never been able to come close to making something amazing.
    I didn't want to use fresh garlic, so I just added a swish of powdered, neither did I have 28 oz of diced tomatoes, so I used 3/4 of a jar of organic marinara sauce.
    I did 7 cups of broth and 3 cups of quinoa, and 2 15 oz cans of chickpeas bc I didn't want it too soupy.
    I also threw in about a cup of nutritional yeast, 1/2 a teaspoon of raw honey, smoked paprika, black pepper, cayenne and dashes of siracha...
    And then I made about 10 cups worth of spaghetti squash and layered that into a cassarole dish. I spooned this delightful soup over the squash....and honest to goodness...I could die happy!


    Thank you so much for providing such a kick ass recipe for me to play with and prepare a delicious meal with!

    And SOOOOOO easy to make!

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