Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale & Crunchy Garlic Toasts

New York has had the craziest weather lately. In the space of a week, there’s been rain (twice), a snow storm, bitter cold, and even a heat wave (didn’t even need my winter coat yesterday).

It’s started cooling off again, and I’m declaring it soup weather! Is there anything better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold night? I don’t think so.

I love all kinds of soups, but this vegetable soup with chickpeas and kale is one of my favorites. It’s super healthy, easy to make, and doesn’t require a lot of crazy ingredients. The crunchy garlic toasts are the perfect accompaniment. I think you’ll love it, too!

Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale & Crunchy Garlic Toasts | Hello Little HomeVegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale & Crunchy Garlic Toasts

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients:

Soup

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 14.5-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 5-oz. package baby kale (or spinach)
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil leaves, optional

Garlic Toasts

  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook until slightly softened.

Add garlic, red pepper flakes, garlic, basil, and oregano. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant.

Add Garlic and Herbs to Vegetables | Hello Little HomeAdd broth, tomatoes, and chickpeas to sauteed vegetables. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until vegetables are softened (about 10-15 minutes).

While soup simmers, prepare garlic toasts. Using a serrated knife, cut baguette on the diagonal into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Slice Baguette | Hello Little HomePlace slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Drizzle Bread with Olive Oil | Hello Little HomeBake bread until golden brown and crisp, about 5 – 10 minutes. Watch carefully, because it is easy to overcook the toasts.

Remove from oven. When toasts are cool enough to handle, slice garlic clove in half and rub cut side over toasts. Set toasts aside.

Rub Toasts with Garlic | Hello Little HomeTo finish soup, give kale a rough chop and add to pot. Simmer until kale is wilted, another minute or two. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add Kale to Soup | Hello Little HomeTop soup with julienned fresh basil, if desired, and serve with garlic toasts. Enjoy!

Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale & Crunchy Garlic Toasts | Hello Little HomeVegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale & Crispy Garlic Toasts | Hello Little HomeWhat is your favorite kind of soup? I’d love to try some new recipes!

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Looks great/ I can’t have chickpeas but I could sub another bean for sure. I love soup this time of the year. I made a nice full flavored soup today, as well.

Oh yum, that looks so good. All of my favourite healthy things in a bowl 🙂

This sounds yummy… Coming over from Wednesday Roundup. Pinning

Love this soup, Ginnie! So full of healthy goodness. Pinning! Hope you’re having a great week.

This looks super yummy! I would love it if you would link up over at our party at http://www.mycraftilyeverafter.com/2014/01/14/awesome-things-tuesday-9/

Wowwww What a great soup!!
It looks soooooooooooooo tasty 🙂
It’s a whole meal and a great one.
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I never was one to wish for soups (healthy ones at least) until recently. I love how much great stuff you can cram into one warm, delicious bowl! This one looks like a winner! Thanks for linking up with us at {Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday – this is now pinned to our Pinterest board and we hope you link up again!

This soup is so wholesome. Thank you so much for sharing with Tasty Tuesday. I have featured it this week and will be sharing it in facebook and G+.

Have a good day. Hope you’ll drop by to link in some more healthy recipes this week.

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Have a great weekend!
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