Watercress, spiced tomato and chickpea soup

Watercress, spiced tomato and chickpea soup

Calories: 162  Preparation: 10 mins  Cooking: 15 mins  Serves: 4


1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2-1 tsp crushed flaked chilli

2 (397g) cans chopped tomatoes

1 (400g) can chick peas, drained then a few reserved for garnish

750ml/11/4pt vegetable stock

2 tbsp tomato puree

1 (100g) bag watercress

A squeeze of lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and saute for 4 mins until soft. Stir in the garlic and chilli and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes, chick peas, stock and puree, stir well and bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 mins.

Transfer to food processor, add the watercress, then blend until just smooth. Return to the pan, add the lemon juice, then season to taste. Gently reheat then serve in bowls. Decorate with the reserved chick peas and more watercress if liked.

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