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

Adapted from $5 Dinners


1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. cumin
1.5 T. tomato paste
1/8 cup tomato sauce
5 cups chicken broth/stock
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained and chopped more if in large chunks


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

Makes 7 1/2 cups of soup and serves 5-8 people.

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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