Carrot Soup with Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas

(posted by Ashley H.)

I have never made a carrot soup before. Admittedly, I have never even tried a carrot soup before. This one is worthy of keeping in your fall/winter soup rotation. Carrot soup by itself? Not awesome. Carrot soup with tahini sauce and crisped chickpeas? Amazing.

For the chickpeas I just used a 15ounce can. Drain and pat dry. Then toss with olive oil, salt, and cumin and bake for 10 to 20 minutes in a 425 degree oven.
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Mine came out looking like this.
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Peel and dice two pounds of carrots. Saute these in olive oil with onion, garlic, coriander, and salt & pepper.
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After veggies have softened add broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Then puree soup until smooth.
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The lemon-tahini sauce is truly amazing. You just whisk together tahini, lemon juice, salt, and water until smooth and a yogurt-like consistency. This process starts off a little tricky since the tahini is so thick but stick with it and soon it will all mix together perfectly.
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Like I said, I would definitely make this again. One thing though: my chickpeas had great flavor but they never actually turned “crispy” and I’m not sure why. I made sure they were patted dry before I popped them in the oven and I even left them in there ten minutes longer than recommended. For some reason they were chewy – definitely not crispy. If anyone has any tips/advice, please let me know! (This recipe can be found on the Smitten Kitchen blog.)

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One Response to Carrot Soup with Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas

  1. Kelli says:

    I’ll have to try this one too. I have a giant bag of carrots from costco- great use for them. 🙂

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