I MUST share this recipe for Instant Pot Greek Chickpea Soup with Lemon & Oregano with you!
I’m so excited that it’s fall, because soup season has officially started!
Are you one of those people who always puts a big scoop of chickpeas on their salads at a salad bar, or can’t get enough hummus? If you are, you will need to try this soup recipe A. S. A. P. ! This recipe is inspired by RealGreekRecipes Greek Chickpea Soup with Lemon & Oregano
The only bookish thing on this FoodieBook Friday about this post is that I joined an Instant Pot group on Facebook! I love seeing all the Instant Pot recipes and photos!
I posted pictures of this soup and a link to the recipe on Instagram and Facebook and people are loving it. I’m getting a lot of questions about the recipe so I wanted to post some of my tips for you. I stick to her recipe pretty closely except for a couple very MINOR additions and changes.
If you love making soups with simple ingredients in your Instant Pot, this soup is for you. It does take some time after pressure cooking to finish cooking to incorporate the olive oil, however. But, it’s worth it! I just pull on the oven mitts and pull the pot out of the Instant Pot and put it right on the stove and let it simmer away until it’s thick and delicious.
Her recipe is so simple.
- 1 pound bag of dried chickpeas (Goya are my favorite, but store brand are good too)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 large onion – diced
- 2 garlic cloves – diced (I love garlic, but more would probably overwhelm this soup. Hate garlic? Leave it out.)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric – OPTIONAL. If you’ve never tried turmeric, skip it!
- 7-8 cups water
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp dried oregano – I add a little more…
- lemon – juice & zest (1/2 to 3/4 of the lemon juiced)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Garnish: A squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil & a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Fresh chopped herbs. I used a few pieces of fresh chopped basil and it was awesome. All optional!
NOTES & INSTRUCTIONS/SUGGESTIONS
- Trust me, soak your beans. I soak my 1 lb bag of chickpeas in a 2 quart bowl with a 1/4 tsp of baking soda. (The bowl needs to be large because these guys will double in size and the water will overflow! (Don’t ask me how I know that…) I start to soak them in the morning so when I came home from work, they are ready to rinse and cook. You can soak them overnight, drain and rinse and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
- I tried Goya dried chickpeas and store brand. I must say the Goya did win my taste test, but both are very good! Goya are creamier in my opinion.
- Why soak dried beans when you are using the Instant Pot? I have been asked this a few times. I like watching them puff up! I think it also helps them cook faster and more tender then just cooking in in the Instant Pot.
- WHATS UP WITH THE BAKING SODA? I heard that baking soda added to beans during soaking makes them “more easily digestible.” If it’s true or not, I don’t know, but I felt like the skins may have been more, tummy-friendly? I’m no doctor, but I think it makes them a bit more gut friendly. Just my opinion!
Now that your beans are ready, grab the Instant Pot!
- Turn the Instant Pot (IP) to sauté. Add a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add the diced onion and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir.
- When the onions are soft, I add the minced garlic and, if desired and you know you like it, add 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric. (Because I put that stuff in everything. I’ve read it helps with inflammation, that’s why.)
- Add 1 tbsp dried oregano. I used Private Selection brand Mediterranean Oregano Leaves. I honestly can’t find much difference between that and regular oregano. I will say that the Private Selection brand is a bit twiggy between the teeth, even if I cook the oregano in the soup awhile. Too many stem bits added in that brand for my liking.
- Zest some of that lemon into the IP. I ALWAYS zest my lemons. Trust me, ALWAYS zest your lemons. Add some zest to the onions and garlic. *Zest the rest, cover or store it in a baggie so it doesn’t dry out. Garnish with some, and save the rest in your freezer as a flavor bomb for another recipe!
- Toss in your soaked, rinsed chickpeas and 7-8 cups of water. You can totally use broth instead, but using chicken stock or a strong veggie stock/broth would probably be too overwhelming for the chickpeas.
- Seal the Instant Pot and set it to pressure-cook on HIGH for 20 minutes. I always turn OFF the keep warm setting.
- When it’s done pressure-cooking, if using Goya beans, allow it to sit for five minutes then do a quick release. *If you use generic or store-brand chickpeas, just let it do a natural release. My generic beans seemed a bit firm. When I cooked the Goya, they cooked up very soft and creamy, almost like a puree, so a quicker release might keep them from breaking down too much.
- At this point, I recommend pulling the pot (using oven mitts) out of the IP and putting it right onto the stove to simmer. Instant Pot fanatics may recommend against it. If you don’t want to put your IP pot directly on the stove, then grab a nice, thick-bottomed dutch oven or soup pot and carefully pour or ladle your soup from the IP pot into the new pot.
- Pour in about 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt to taste and a little pepper.
- Simmer on low – med-low stirring often. Make sure to stir it because as the chickpeas break down they can stick to the bottom of the pan if your heat gets too high.
- My experience is that it’s going to take at least an hour to simmer until the extra virgin olive oil starts to magically disappear into the soup. I honestly thought she was nuts adding so much olive oil, but it really does incorporate into the soup and thicken. It also doesn’t separate even if frozen and reheated! Taste and add more salt and a little more pepper if needed. I probably added 1 1/2 tsp salt total including what I sautéed the onions with.
- When the soup is getting nice and creamy and the olive oil incorporated, add 1 tbsp oregano, some of your lemon zest if you want, and about 1/2 of the fresh squeezed lemon juice. I squeezed about 3/4 of a lemon in there! Yum!
- I chose to mash up some of the chickpeas in the pot with the spoon, but I left it pretty chunky. The Goya was really silky and more pureed-like and the store brand much more chunky.
- When you serve, garnish with lemon zest, fresh herbs and a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt!
- I have found this to freeze well! It’s wonderful reheated as leftovers also.