Smoky Chipotle Chickpea Pasta Soup

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14.11.12

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Smoky Chipotle Chickpea Pasta Soup

 

Days have been gloomy and cloudy. Occasionally you can feel a cool breeze pass by with a whiff of wet soil. I tell myself that it must be raising somewhere close by… I look out of the window and wait for those first few drops to hit the ground. Monsoon should have arrived by now…

Just last evening, we were sitting on our terrace enjoying the cool breeze and talking about how it never gets too old. Every year people wait for monsoon with the same excitement. Fist thunder storms are always welcomed with a lot of smiles.

 

cooked whole wheat spaghetti

 

After a few months of blistering heat everybody is eagerly waiting for Bangalore to cool down. I am waiting to start eating ‘monsoon food’ :) While like most people I enjoy deep fried fritters the most when it’s raining, what I also crave for is something hot and comforting. Soups top my list of favorite monsoon food.

 

fresh basil leaves

 

Thought it’s not raining already, just the cool breeze and the anticipation of monsoon was enough make me crave soup. I had some left over whole wheat spaghetti and cooked chickpeas. I had kept them aside for a salad but I changed my mind made this delicious soup with it.

 

garlic

 

It’s simple but the flavors come together surprisingly well. It took me less than 15 minutes to put it together. I  have a small can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce which I picked recently (after reading about it in all food blogs I follow for years!) and I must say it’s my latest love! It tastes fabulous! I love how smoky it smells and fiery hot it tastes. I couldn’t resist adding it to this pasta soup of mine and it took the flavors to another level! Chipotle chilies add the much needed zing here. The sharp heat of the chilies are perfectly balanced by the creaminess of chickpeas. Whole wheat pasta makes this soup a full meal.

Easy enough to make on a weeknight yet very filling and hearty, I see this soup being my this years monsoon menu favorite!

 

Chipotle chilies

 

Notes:

Chipotle chilies add a lot to this soup so I recommend getting a small can of it even if it’s just for this one recipe. A little of it can go a long way and it can be used in a variety of recipes. I bought it from ‘Foodhall’ at 1. MG Road, Banglore.

You can use any other favorite chili sauce of yours for a different flavor.

Canned chickpeas can be used in the place of fresh chickpeas.

Dried basil can replace fresh basil.

Use any other pasta you have on hand instead of whole wheat spaghetti.

 

Smoky Chipotle Chickpea Pasta Soup

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves pof garlic finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 chipotle chilies in adobo saue (with seeds)
  • salt

 

Heat olive oil in a deep soup pot. Add the finely shopped garlic and fry for a couple of seconds. Crush half the chickpeas lightly with a fork and add the crushed and whole chickpeas peas to the pot. Finely chop the chipotle chilies and add it to the chickpeas. Stir well and add 2-3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil. Add the cooked spaghetti and season with salt. Let it simmer for 5 minutes for all the flavors to combine. Now throw in the fresh basil and turn off the heat.

Serve hot.

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