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Bold of Healthy Tunisian Chickpea Orzo Soup

Healthy Tunisian Chickpea Orzo Soup

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tunisian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Nourishing and cozy, this oil-free Healthy Tunisian Chickpea Orzo Soup is brimming with delicious plant-based ingredients.



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (+/-)
  • 1 – [ 14.5 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
  • ¾ to 1 ¼ teaspoons harissa spice blend powder (+/-) *
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin (+/-)
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika (+/-)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (+/-)
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander (+/-)
  • ¼ to 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *

Other Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda *
  • ½ to 2/3 cup dry orzo pasta *
  • 2 to 3 cups kale, chopped
  • ¼ cup hummus *

Optional Toppings:

  • Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley


  1. Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
  2. In a large ceramic/enamel-lined pot or similar stock soup pot, add the diced onions, sauté over medium-high heat until the onions begin to soften, approximately 7 to 9 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent burning. Add a tablespoon or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  3. Add the minced garlic, sauté for 30 seconds, then add all the remaining Base Ingredients and Spice/Herb Mix, stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower to a low-boiling simmer, add the baking soda, stir well.
  4. Simmer for 7 minutes, then add the orzo pasta. Simmer until the orzo pasta is tender.
  5. Add the hummus, stir well to combine, then add the kale. Simmer until the kale has reached the desired tenderness.
  6. Remove the soup from the stove and allow to sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to marry. Top with freshly chopped cilantro.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Servings: 4 to 5

*Nutrition Information: Using a hummus that has a smaller amount of tahini or no tahini at all will reduce the fat content.