kale, chickpea and orzo soup with chilli, garlic and ginger

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kale and chickpea soup with chilli, garlic and ginger

kale, chickpea and orzo soup with chilli, garlic and ginger 

The snow is falling and the log fire is on here, high up in the Limousin, so it's time for a bowl of immune boosting soup to keep out the cold. My kale and chickpea soup is a hearty, warming recipe with plenty of garlic, ginger and chilli, aromatic fennel seeds and fresh lemon zest. The perfect bowl food - filling and nourishing, and just the thing for colder autumn and winter days. Bon appetit! 

recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

serves 4-6
preparation time: 15 minutes 
cooking time: less than 30 minutes 
suitable for vegetarian & vegan diet (use vegetable stock)


1 litre vegetable/chicken stock
500g cooked/tinned chickpeas (drained weight)
250g kale, shredded 
200g chopped tomatoes (fresh or tinned)
50g orzo pasta (or other small pasta shape) 
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
zest of 1 lemon 
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp fennel seeds
1-2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

to serve:

lemon zest
extra virgin olive oil


heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the fennel seeds, chilli flakes, garlic and ginger and cook gently for a few minutes until fragrant

add the chopped tomatoes and zest of half a lemon and continue to cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes are softened

add the chickpeas, kale and orzo pasta, stir, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the kale and pasta are cooked. Check for seasoning - adding salt and pepper to taste. 

to serve grate over some fresh lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil. 


to make this gluten free, use gluten free pasta or rice and check that your stock is gluten free too. 


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  1. What a lovely soup and with the ginger in it must be perfect for the snowy weather - I'd definitely like to enjoy this after a day out in the cold anyway! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    1. anything with ginger in it always feels healthier and just the thing for colder days :)

  2. Lovely thanks for sharing with #EatYourGreens very seasonal indeed and I do love chickpeas.

  3. Oh this looks delicious! #brilliantblogposts

    1. thanks so much - must be time for a bowl about now I think...

  4. Oh this looks and sounds so good!! And so full of goodness too - perfect for this time of year! I can't believe you have snow already, though. It's getting a bit chillier here now but nowhere near cold enough for snow. I've only had to scrape ice off my car once this year! But then I do live in Sussex. If it is snowing here, the rest of the country has BIG problems! I do love the idea of snugging up with a big bowl of this in front of that log fire :-) Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare. Eb x

    1. thanks so much Eb. It's definitely one of the lovely things about cold weather; staying warm with the fire on and a big bowl of healthy soup :)

  5. Wow this looks and sounds delicious. Perfect for this time of year. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    1. thanks so much, and I agree just great for colder weather days :)

  6. This soup looks and sounds delicious! So healthy and warming, perfect for this time of year! Orzo is perfect in soup, not too filling and goes well with vegetables:)


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