This vibrant summertime soup features a blended-tomato base that is full-bodied and bursting with fresh flavor. To get this easy soup on the table even faster, prepare the veggies ahead of time and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to start cooking.

Vegan Tomato Soup with Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Maui
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup unsalted raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Working in batches, in a food processor or blender combine the first four ingredients (through garlic). Cover and process or blend until smooth.
  2. In a 4-qt. Dutch oven combine pureed vegetables, the chickpeas, and broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top servings with quartered tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and parsley.

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Carla Christian

Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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