Emmer and Garbanzo Soup


Emmer and Garbanzo Soup
Two favorite Northwest grown ingredients!
serves 8

Combine two ingredients to create this thick and hearty soup that is perfect for right now. Takes time and a little planning, but pretty straightforward to make. Adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables cookbook. Every cookbook and recipe from Alice Waters is worth having and making!

4 cups Pedrosillano Cafe Garbanzo Beans
(also known as chickpea or ceci)
3 bay leaves
3 sprigs of thyme
1/2 head of garlic
1 orange - for its zest
2 carrots
fine Trapani sea salt
2 cups cooked emmer
olive oil - fresh or new is better, not a recipe to use last years oil
2 large onions
3 stalks celery
cayenne pepper
sprigs of fresh rosemary


1. Soak the garbanzos overnight or longer. Rinse and drain more than once during the soak. They will swell so be sure to have sufficient water to cover. Give a final rinse under the tap.

2. Wrap and tie the thyme, 2 bay leaves, and the orange zest in cheesecloth.

3. In a large pot put the ceci beans, garlic, and peeled carrots along with the cheesecloth and cover with water. bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for one to two hours, until the ceci beans are tender.

4. Cook the emmer, about 40-45 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil.

5. Finely chop the onions and celery, and gently cook them in a large pot with olive oil, the remaining bay leaf and a little sea salt. Cook until soft.

6. When the ceci beans are done, remove the carrots, garlic and the cheesecloth. Reserve 1/4 of the liquid and ceci beans.

7. Add the onions and carrots back to the ceci's and using a food mill or stick wand to purée the soup. Add the reserved ceci beans and liquid and stir in. Bring to a simmer.

8. It should be a thick soup and you can add hot water to thin. Add the emmer and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

9. Sea Salt and Freshly ground tellicherry pepper to taste. Add a pinch of cayenne.

10. Serve with a drizzle of citrus olive oil, Essenza balsamic
, or
Wild Lingonberry Syrup and top with a little chopped rosemary.

Print friendly recipe.
Category: Soup, Lunch
Keywords: Recipe, Emmer, Garbanzo, Ceci, Beans