Chickpea & Pesto Soup 🥣

I love chickpeas, they are fucking wonderful things. They also make fabulous soup.

I usually put mushrooms in with this, but I have at least one follower on Instagram that isn’t a fan of mushrooms.

Shit you’ll need:

  • A can of chickpeas – unless you want to be fancy pants and pre soak dried ones. That takes longer.
  • 2tblspns of green pesto.
  • 1tsp salt.
  • 1dstspn cracked black pepper.
  • 500ML water.
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes.
  • 1tsp rosemary.
  • 1tsp oregano.
  • 1tsp garlic powder.
  • 1tblspn lemon or lime juice.
  • 2tblspns of nutritional yeast.

This is a dump it all in the slow cooker at once and cook on auto for a couple of hours, sort of thing. It’s also good for serving over rice if you’d like, but it’s a good hearty soup on its own with pitta bread. If you want a smoother soup, chuck it in a blender after letting it cool off. It can be reheated as appropriate. Having tried it as rice topping, smooth and chunky soup, I prefer the smoother state.

This is precisely why I love slow cooker soup. I can make fucking fantastic food without having to stand with it.

Mushroom and chickpea soup 🍄 🥣

This soup didn’t actually start off as soup. I’d thrown a ton of stuff in my slow cooker the night before, and after realising how good it tasted I thought I’d turn the rest into the aforementioned soup.

It’s cooled right down after that fucking horrible heatwave, so now I can use my slow cooker to create soup experiments to my heart’s content.

Shit you’ll need:

  • A punnet of mushrooms, sliced (300g).
  • A can of chickpeas (400g).
  • 1tsp rosemary.
  • 1tsp basil purée or dried basil.
  • 1tsp salt.
  • 1 vegetable stock cube.
  • 2tsp cracked black pepper.
  • 2tblspns pesto.
  • 1tblsp lime juice.
  • 1tsp garlic purée or powdered garlic.
  • 1tblsp mushroom ketchup.
  • 100g of butter, or equivalent.
  • 1 pint of water.

All you do – is dump the lot into a slow cooker, give it a stir, and let it do its thing on the ‘auto’ setting for a couple of hours. Now, before putting the leftovers of this into the blender for soup, I had the first half with some steamed rice. I don’t have a photo of that, because I was HANGRY, and I was too busy shoving it in me gob. Here’s what it looked like after I whizzed the fuck out of in my blender for two minutes:

Whizzed.

Yes I KNOW it LOOKS like explosive baby poo, but it tastes bloody fantastic I promise you. I put it back in the slow cooker and let it heat up for an hour.

I also roasted some chopped vegetables sprayed with olive oil in the oven to go with it, so here is my obligatory fancy photo with the veg:

FANCY.

You can serve it with whatever you like obviously.