Green Garbanzo & Leek Soup

We really should have called this site The Basil Blog. I just realized that the last 7 of 8 savory recipes I’ve posted all include basil. And even as I was reflecting on that, the most prominent thought that came to mind was wondering how delicious a basil brownie might be. (strawberry basil sauce – yes?)

So I make no apologies… it’s one of my favorite things, especially when my basil plant is flourishing like it is.

This is my attempt at contributing to The Food Matters project today. It’s white bean and asparagus soup day. However, it’s been in the 90’s here, so I just couldn’t bring myself to making a hot & creamy rosemary-ey soup. A chilled, bright, herb-packed soup was what was called to me instead… but check out what interpretations the others have made here.

serves 2 as a main, or 4 as a side


2 T olive oil
2 small leeks, light green & white parts, coarsley chopped
1 shallot, coarsley chopped
2 garlic cloves, coarsley chopped
splash of white wine (optional)
bag of frozen green garbanzo beans (about 2 cups)
1.5 cups vegetable broth
pinches of salt and pepper
1/2 cup almond milk
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
handful of parsley, some stems are ok
5 or 6 large basil leaves
splash of honey or agave (or sugar)
juice of half a lemon (or more or less, to taste)
splash of champagne or white wine vinegar (optional)
1/2 cup water if needed
walnut oil for drizzling on top

yogurt sauce (optional):
1/4 cup yogurt (of your choice, icelandic, greek, soy…)
splash of agave
splash of olive oil
squeeze of lemon
pinch of salt


In a medium to large saucepan heat oil and add leeks, shallots, and garlic and a few pinches of salt. Saute until translucent (3-4 minutes). Add a splash of white wine and scrape any bits that are starting to stick to the bottom of the pan. Let wine cook down for 30 seconds to a minute. Add frozen garabanzo beans and vegetable broth. Let simmer for 5 or so minutes until the garbanzos are thawed and tender. Add another few pinches of salt.

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. (it’s important to add the herbs when cooled, you don’t want to cook them in this soup, they’ll be more vibrant here if they’re pureed in their raw form).

In a blender, puree the cooled soup mixture. Add almond milk, lemon juice, grated nutmeg, parsley, basil, honey, and pulse until the herbs are well chopped, but some flecks of green are still visible. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference (salt, pepper if it’s too bland, sugar if it’s too tangy, a splash of vinegar or more lemon if it’s too earthy, more olive oil if it’s not rich and silky enough).

Chill soup in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to a day.

Remove from fridge and stir in a bit of water if soup is too thick. Taste again and make adjustments. I added another squeeze of lemon and drizzled in some walnut oil.

Serve with garnish of chopped herbs, a drizzle of walnut oil, and a dollop of yogurt sauce.

yogurt sauce:
stir ingredients together, taste and adjust to your liking.


If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Shannalee from on said:

    Nothing wrong with celebrating basil. One of my favorite favorite herbs, smells and flavors! : ) Every time I get a whiff, it feels like summer in Chicago.

    And this soup is such a gorgeous green—I love that!

  2. Eileen from on said:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen green garbanzo beans! They do sound very intriguing…but I might have to fall back on fava beans this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Elizabeth on said:

    where do you find green garbanzos? could you substitute regular garbanzo beans or edamame?

    • jeanine from on said:

      They have them at my whole foods – but I was actually looking for fava beans to make this with. So I would try favas or regular garbanzos (or even peas). I don’t know why I feel like edamame might be a little weird in this.

  4. Margarita from on said:

    I am not exaggerating, but I’m seriously swooning over how gorgeous your soup is… I’ve never heard of green garbanzo beans and now I am so curious to try it. I also love your yogurt sauce… yogurt has saved me tons of times. Sometimes when I make chilis too spice, I just add Greek yogurt and it is 100x better than sour cream. Love your take on this recipe and love the beauty of your soup!

  5. ileana from on said:

    Have any tips for a healthy basil plant? My plant is struggling a bit.

    • jeanine from on said:

      I’m really not a green thumb, I just bought a basil plant from whole foods one day and stuck it in the ground. It grew like crazy last summer, and then it died one night in the fall when we had a freeze. It came back to life but the first leaves were really course, but now they’re perfect and it’s flourishing again. It gets a lot of sunlight but it’s also in a bed with an irrigation system. I’m sure it would be dead if I had to remember to water it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Looks delish! Makes me wish that I didn’t have such a black thumb when it comes to growing basil. Rosemary? Yes. Thyme. No problem. Chives? You bet. But basil??? Nada. It must be some sort of curse…

  7. The color of your soup is fantastic! I wish I had a bowl of that right now!

  8. Wow, what a beautiful vibrant color! I love the interesting flavor combination — and I’m jealous you already have basil! We’re still several weeks away from that here in Indiana ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Evi from on said:

    I love the color! So radiant and this looks delicious! As the weather is getting warmer, it’s hard to eat warm soup.

  10. That green soup is incredibly vibrant. Gorgeous! I was sweating at the thought of making hot soup this weekend, but I would have been happy eating this soup.

  11. Sara from on said:

    I’m so pleased to see this post: I bought a bag of frozen green garbanzos and haven’t figured out what to do with them yet. I love garbanzos and make the regular ones all the time, I even love the smaller black ones too so green must be added to my repertoire. How funny that this was your take on the FMP soup–I made it last night (and just had some more for lunch a few hours ago). We can still only dream of basil at this point, though now that it’s May it’s not much longer. I love that green color too.

  12. Huh, basil brownies. Worth trying! With raspberries, me thinks.

  13. What beautiful color! This soup looks delicious, and I love your photography.

  14. Courtney Jones from on said:

    What a truly beautiful soup!!! Love the vibrant shade of green. Looks incredibly healthy and delicious. I adore basil too and add it to anything & everything. I’m hoping to grow some basil this spring/summer in the garden. I go through a lot and it would nice to always have some on hand.

  15. Nancy Susan Wacker on said:

    Basil brownies? that sounds awesome! Love the combo of basil and strawberries. Are the green garbanzos a variety of garbanzos or are they young reg. garbanzos?

  16. James from on said:

    Can I just say that it makes me so happy how many of your recipes call for a splash of wine? Healthy, clean food and a reason to pour a little glass while I cook. You are brilliant!

    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a day goes by where I’m not drinking wine while I’m cooking…

  17. Melissa from on said:

    I never really feel like chilled soups but I’m definitley going to try this one. Thanks for the recipe

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