Chestnut and Miso Soup with Crunchy Chickpea Croutons Recipe (vegan, gluten- & dairy-free)

Chestnuts make a terrific base for any festive soup, and the result here is a silky-smooth, earthy offering, perfectly set off by the crunchy chickpea croutons.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 220g canned or vacuum-packed chestnuts, crumbled
  • 200g canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 heaped tbsp miso
  • 500ml water, plus extra if necessary
  • Sea salt flakes and black pepper

For the chickpea croutons

  • 100g chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Juice of ½ an orange
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1½ tsps maple syrup
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, finely chopped
  • Pink Himalayan or fine sea salt flakes

To serve

  • Soy cream
  • Chopped curly parsley

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan), gas mark 7.

2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the red onion, carrot and garlic to the pan and sauté for 2–3 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the chestnuts, chickpeas and miso and cover with the measured water. Bring to a gentle simmer and leave to cook for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, make the chickpea croutons. Add the chickpeas to an ovenproof dish and whisk the orange juice, oil and maple syrup together in a bowl to combine. Pour the orange juice mixture over the chickpeas, sprinkle over the chopped rosemary and generously season with salt. Toss to combine and roast for 25–30 minutes, or until golden.

4. Transfer the soup to a blender and blitz until smooth, then return to the pan and heat through, thinning it out with a little extra water if you like.

5. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls or mugs, drizzle over a little soy cream and spoon over the crunchy chickpea croutons. Garnish with a scattering of chopped parsley and serve.

Recipe taken from Cook Share Eat Vegan by Áine Carlin, published by Mitchell Beazley, £20. Photography by Danielle Wood.

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