Appetisers/ Vegetarian/ Winter Menu

Chickpea Soup |Ancient Sicillian Delight |

Chickpea Soup is developed from an ancient Sicilian recipe. The simple dish is still prepared, served and enjoyed by families on the Island today.

We first experienced it at a little restaurant in Messina. We spent the morning viewing the two Caravaggio’s masterpieces at the Regional Museum. The Adoration of the Shepherds and the Resurrection of Lazarus were absolutely breathtaking. At lunchtime, we needed a quick, fulfilling meal and this dish hit the spot.

A very easy dish to make. It works well as a lunchtime snack and an appetiser course for a more elaborate meal. Everyone loved it. Check it out on our Birthday Lunch menu. Huge Success!

Chickpea Soup

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By Marc Spendlove-Kruger Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 1 Hour

A very easy dish to make. It works well as a lunchtime snack and an appetiser course for a more elaborate meal. Everyone loved it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tins of Chickpeas
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 Carrots cut into thick slices
  • 4 tomatoes cut into large cubes
  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • 1 Crushed dried chilli
  • 1 Litre of vegetable stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Drain and rinse the Chickpeas in a sieve

2

In a thick bottomed saucepan, saute the onions and carrots and saute until soft but without colour

3

Finally, add cubed tomatoes, rosemary, and finely crushed chilli and cook for a few minutes to extract the flavour

4

Pour in the vegetable stock and simmer for approx 40 minutes

5

Serve hot with crusty bread

Notes

Serve with a nice crusty bread

Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet but also taste fantastic, especially when made into soup. This soup is very easy to make – even if you have never cooked.

Wine Matching

To complement Chickpea Soup it had to be a Sicilian wine. We chose an Ammann Zibibbo vino Bianco from Cantine Barbera. Really enjoyable wine. Available from most good wine shops. Sicilian wines are a little more expensive than other Italian wines but sometimes we deserve to be spoiled. A great selection is available from Naked Wines. Take advantage of our subscriber offer.

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