Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup

Towards the end of last winter, I had soup on the menu for dinner one weeknight. I went to the pantry to get out the ingredients, and we didn’t have a few of the more important ingredients. Normally when something like this happens, I either change plans for dinner or I make substitutions. I wanted soup, so substitutions it was.

Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup - This soup is full of protein and delicious veggies, including red pepper, onions, and tomatoes. It's sure to be a hit with your entire family. SO delicious!I started from this base recipe, Lentil Soup from $5 Dinners, and I made quite a few substitutions to create my own soup. I didn’t have to run to the store at the last minute, and we were able to use up random ingredients we had in our fridge and pantry. We prefer the recipe I came up with over the original recipe now! And it’s just as cheap!

I never would have thought to add garbanzo beans to soup before, but when I saw the can of beans staring back at me in the pantry, I imagined how it would taste. And guess what? It tasted even better than I imagined. If you like chunky soups, you will love this soup.

Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup
  1. Olive oil 1 T.
  2. Onion, chopped 1
  3. Red pepper, finely diced 1 medium
  4. Garlic, minced 2 cloves
  5. Salt 1 tsp.
  6. Pepper 1/4 tsp.
  7. Thyme 1/2 tsp.
  8. Cumin 1/2 tsp.
  9. Tomato paste 1.5 T.
  10. Tomato sauce 1/8 cup
  11. Chicken broth/stock 5 cups
  12. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp.
  13. Garbanzo beans, drained 1 can
  14. Corn, drained 1 can
  15. Diced tomatoes, drained and chopped more if in large chunks 1 can
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  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and add onions, pepper, and garlic. Saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add seasonings and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add tomato paste and let cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the garbanzo beans, corn, and diced tomatoes and stir. Let the soup simmer for another 20 minutes. Serve
  1. Makes 7 1/2 cups of soup and serves 5-8 people.
Adapted from $5 Dinners
Adapted from $5 Dinners
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Cost to Make Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup

Olive oil – $0.08
Onion – $0.30
Red pepper – $1.48
Garlic cloves $0.04
Salt – $0.02
Pepper – $0.02
Thyme – $0.09
Cumin – $0.14
Tomato paste – $0.10
Tomato sauce – $0.12
Chicken broth/stock – $0.50
Worcestershire sauce – $0.10
Garbanzo beans – $0.85
Corn – $0.75
Diced tomatoes – $0.94
Total cost – $5.53

There are some things that could really fluctuate how much I paid to make this soup. For example, if the red pepper had been on sale when I bought it last week, the soup would have cost right around $5. I used my own chicken stock, so if you have to buy it, that cost will probably be closer to $2.50, and the soup will end up costing much more. But this is still a very economical soup, and so worth the extra costs if there are any!

Have you ever tried garbanzo beans in soup?

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