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Chickpeas in Lemon-Tahini Broth

This recipe for chickpeas in lemon-tahini broth is an easy, healthy, creamy vegetarian dinner recipe that you're going to love!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Wide pot


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek trimmed, rinsed, and sliced thinly into rounds
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 red Fresno chili pepper trimmed and minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 15- ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper optional
  • 1 head of bok choy finely chopped (or use kale, spinach, or arugula)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • A few shakes of your favorite hot sauce optional
  • Salt to taste

For Garnish:

  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 scallion minced
  • Aleppo pepper optional
  • Mustard oil or extra virgin olive oil optional


Prepare Tahini:

  • In a bowl, combine the tahini, lemon juice, and a few splashes of hot sauce and stir to combine. Set aside.

Prepare Aromatics:

  • Heat oil in a wide pot over medium-high. Melt the butter into the oil. Once frothy, add the leeks and cook for 7-8 minutes until softened and beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and red Fresno chili pepper and cook for 45 seconds until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the Chickpeas:

  • Add the stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add chickpeas, thyme, paprika, white pepper, and salt, to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes until the chickpeas are very tender.

Cook the Greens:

  • Add the greens and a little water and cook until the greens are bright green and tender, about 10 minutes.

Finish the Broth:

  • Add the tahini mixture to the broth and stir until completely incorporated. Taste and season again to your preferences.

To Serve:

  • Ladle the chickpeas into bowls. Garnish with chopped avocado and minced scallion. Sprinkle with Aleppo pepper and a drizzle of mustard oil, if desired. Enjoy!
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