Tomato, Chickpea, and Vermicelli Noodle Soup


This slightly spicy chickpea and vermicelli noodle soup has all the things I love; lots of warm Middle Eastern spices, hearty greens, plenty of herbs, and chili. It also happens to be the soup that I make most often. I especially love the combination of turmeric, cumin, and the lemon juice added at the end. It not only tastes incredibly comforting, but is also a great source of iron.


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon all-spice
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoky paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 carrots, finely diced
3 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
6 cups of low-sodium liquid vegetable or chicken stock*, boiling
salt, to taste
good grinding of freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup vermicelli noodles
1 1/2 cups/ 260 gr. canned chickpeas
2 packed cups baby spinach or purslane, roughly chopped


Sauté the onion, bay leaves, and chili flakes with olive oil over medium-hight in a medium pot for 7-10 minutes or until the onion is soft and transparent. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the carrots, tomatoes, tomato paste, liquid stock, 1 teaspoon salt, and a good grinding of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 25 minutes or until the carrot bits are tender. Stir in the vermicelli and chickpeas and cook for another 8 minutes or until the vermicelli noodles are fully cooked. Add the spinach or purslane and cook just until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Check for seasoning, add to your taste, and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.


*You may substitute the liquid stock with water plus an organic vegetable stock cube. That said, liquid stock is always the most flavorful choice.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. ksbeth says:

    this looks delicious

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This soup looks so warming! The spices are tempting me! Will be trying soon! Thank you!

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  3. PixieGloLife says:

    just the looking at the colors of these dishes open my appetite! yummmm

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  4. That’s my kind of soup: packed with flavour and texture and goodness!

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  5. ahmeliahmeli says:

    This will probably be on next week’s menu in our house. Yum.

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  7. earnings23 says:

    looks delicious

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  8. Loved the recipe! Tried with a little less ingredients but nevertheless, it was awesome! 😀

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