Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili

Healthy Springtime Soup
Healthy Springtime Soup
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6 tbsp Olive oil extra-virgin, divided
1 Red chili seeds removed, finely chopped
3 cloves Garlic finely chopped
Kosher Salt to taste
1 Onion medium, finely chopped
2 stalks Celery finely chopped, plus celery leaves from 1 bunch
4 cups Chicken broth low-sodium
1 (15.5-ounce) can Chickpeas rinsed, drained
½ cup Greek yogurt whole-milk, room temperature
1 cup Cilantro cilantro leaves with tender stems
1 Lemon halved

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Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili


This Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili-Garlic Oil is one of my favorite healthy, springtime soup recipes because it is light and fresh and great for days when you feel like soup but it’s not really cold enough outside for a winter soup.

With a chickpea and celery base and garnished with a dollop of Greek yogurt and flavored with lemon and cilantro leaves, I am not sure if the chili-garlic oil is what makes this whole dish but it is an addition that you definitely should not miss out!

To make Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili-Garlic Oil, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili


Prepare chili-garlic oil


In a medium pot over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons of oil and add 1 finely chopped red chili and 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic. Cook, tossing often, for about 3-5 minutes until the garlic is golden and crispy. Set aside in a small bowl with oil and season with a pinch of salt.


Cook onion and celery stalks


Wipe the same pot clean and reuse. Over medium heat, heat remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and add 1 finely chopped medium onion and 2 finely chopped celery stalks. Season with a bit of salt and cook, tossing occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until soft but not browned.


Add stock


Raise the heat to medium-high heat and pour in 4 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.


Add chickpeas


Add 1 can of chickpeas and cook for about 5 minutes until the chickpeas are warm and creamy but not overcooked and mushy. Season with salt to taste.


Season yogurt topping


In a small mixing bowl, combine ½ cup of Greek yogurt and a large pinch of salt.


Season cilantro and celery leaves


In another mixing bowl, add 1 cup of cilantro leaves, celery leaves from 1 bunch and generous squeezes of lemon juice from 1 lemon then season with salt and toss to mix and coat.




Divide the chickpea and celery soup between 4 serving bowls and top with a dollop of yogurt, then garnish with cilantro-celery salad and reserved garlic-chili oil from step 1.

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Total Reviews: 16
Araya Kacprowicz

Had this with some garlic bread on the side and dipped a bit of it in the soup, was brilliant.

Annette Rochester

I much prefer the vegan pea soup, this one wasn't too flavourful in my opinion.

Harriet Strohman

Decided to add a bit more red chili than what's written cause I made a lot of soup for me and my family :)

Roxanne Bredl

Tasty and simple, though I changed the greek yogurt out for just plain yogurt since i don't like the taste of greek yogurt.

Rachael Lessane

Wonderful dish, made it look just like the picture and it was gobbled up quickly!

Kadence Meher

Loved this soup a lot since it was super tasty, brought some for my grandma when she was sick and got a text the next day that she wants the recipe, lol!

Clover Housley

I wanted to add a bit more salt cause I like my soups a bit tangy so put two pinches instead of just one.

Kataleya Kuhlers

Great recipe thanks so much for sharing it.

Azalea Labhart

Kinda hard to perfect a soup in my opinion since sometimes it stays bland no matter how many spices you add. But this soup was really tasty and easy to make since the steps are so simple.

Linnea Lavoy

The lemon really makes this soup kinda tangy, I like it a lot thanks for sharing.

Aarya Najafi

Couldn't ask for a better soup, this is really tasty.

Dalia Dailey

The lemon wasn't my favorite thing in the dish honestly, i decided not to add any the 2nd time around but I still liked this chickpea soup nonetheless.

Saniya Belluomini

Very good and filling soup! Me and my hubby make it often before we cook dinner.

Arantza Ammirato

Delicious celery soup love it a bunch and will be making it again.

Evelina Whitebread

Easy to make and affordable would recommend it for sure, 5 stars from me.


Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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