Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup (Gluten-free, Oil-free)

We still have a few cool days lingering, so this is my last soup recipe I’ll be sharing for the season. I absolutely love ginger and had some I needed to use up. I was craving soup this past weekend, so I decided to make a soup infused with ginger and vegetables I already had stocked in my fridge. Let me tell you…this might just be the best soup I’ve ever had. It’s not a thick, creamy type of soup. It is a hearty soup with an intense broth flavor. The broth is everything, so use a high quality, strong broth. It’s the kind of broth that warms your whole body.

It’s so good, I just wanted to drink it. I’m totally serious. It’s full of a strong ginger flavor, aromatic garlic and a spicy kick.

I kept it very simple…not too many spices or ingredients, yet the flavor is incredible. Adding chickpeas, sweet potatoes and kale make it filling, hearty and incredibly healthy.

Recipe: Makes 3 quarts (12 cups)  Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 40 mins



4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I recommend Kitchen Basics, it is a strong dark broth that isn’t watered down. A quality rich broth is needed here)

2 15 oz cans organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup chopped white onion

4 extra large garlic cloves, minced (two tablespoons minced garlic)

1 inch cube fresh ginger, minced (don’t skimp on this!)

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 5 cups)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup coconut milk (optional)

4 heaping cups fresh kale

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons fine pink Himalayan salt (the broth I used has no sodium in it, so you may need less salt, start out with 1 1/2 teaspoons)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Prepare the sweet potatoes, onion, ginger and garlic. In a large pot, add the broth, onion, ginger, garlic, sweet potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with a lid and turn to simmer for 25-30 minutes until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add the beans (drained & rinsed), kale, coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Return the lid and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Taste and add any more salt, if desired. Enjoy!

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Categories: Gluten Free, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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28 Comments on “Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Soup (Gluten-free, Oil-free)”

  1. Anonymous
    March 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM #

    Since its snowing here in TN today and tomorrow I am going to make this soup tomorrow for dinner! Yummy

    • March 25, 2013 at 6:53 PM #

      Great! Let me know what you think! Make sure to get a good, rich dark broth…it makes a difference…the ginger and garlic really enhance it! :)

  2. March 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM #

    This soup looks amazing! I have nearly everything on this list except for nutritional yeast. I’ve never worked with that before. Is it hard to find?? Great recipe and perfect for this neverending winter! :-)

    • March 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM #

      Thank you! I find it at my local grocery store in the health food section. The flavor is wonderful. It’s pretty common nowadays but it definitely is at whole foods and also online. :)

  3. March 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Heathy and very delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. March 25, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    Now I’m craving soup!

  5. March 26, 2013 at 2:37 AM #

    I love that you’ve combined chickepeas, kale and sweet potatoes all in a soup that really does look so hearty and heartwarming. Yum!

  6. March 26, 2013 at 2:53 AM #

    Looks incredibly comforting and delicious Brandi :)

  7. March 26, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

    This looks gorgeous Brandi. I really love a good coconut milk/ginger combo. Love your photography too – the earthy soup looks fab on the hessian cloth. We’re in the middle of another heat wave. Can’t wait for the cooler weather and soup for dinner.

    • March 28, 2013 at 5:44 AM #

      Thank you so much Saskia! The coconut isn’t even detectable, just makes it slightly creamier. Super delicious!

  8. March 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM #

    cant get kale and I would love to make this.. as always very delicious looking :)

  9. March 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM #

    Wonderful soup! Soups of my country(Portugal) are so strong like this!

  10. March 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM #

    Oh man, that sounds so comforting right now! Loving the sound of that broth!

  11. March 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

    Love the colours in that bowl. Oh my gosh!

  12. March 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM #

    I have been remiss, I totally missed this post and it looks wonderful. Your photo’s are fantastic btw!!! Perfect warmer upper on a chilly day!

    • March 28, 2013 at 5:47 AM #

      Thank you so much Suzanne! I sure hope you are feeling better now. :)

  13. March 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM #

    Brandi, this soup is amazing! I love the adding of fresh ginger. It warms up our heart :-)

  14. March 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM #

    And I totally love this set of photos. Very very well taken in all aspect.

  15. March 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM #

    Looks awesome!! Thank you Brandi.
    All the best.

  16. March 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

    I am loving warmer weather, but I will miss chilly nights with soup! I didn’t have nearly enough this winter. This recipe is fabulous!

  17. March 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM #

    Looks delightful, Brandi, and I am not even a fan of kale — I think you may have just turned me around ;) Looks absolutely savory and love the addition of the sweet potatoes. Great job, lovely, and thanks as always for sharing =)

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