Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

Revithosoupa or Greek chickpea soup is a hearty vegan soup that is full of flavour and nutrition!

Most of the recipes we have shared thus far come from our childhood, but our parents’ cooking has evolved.  As years rolled by they would introduce new meals into their repertoire and onto our family table.  This chickpea soup for example, despite being a staple in many Greek homes, was not something that we had as little children.  In fact, we think we were both teenagers when our parents first served us a bowlful of this delicious meal.  This led to a pretty significant “Huh?!” moment.

Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

You see, before this soup, we never knew that chickpeas existed.  It’s true!  Our only exposure to chickpeas was in the form of stragalia, dried chickpeas often served alongside nuts.  These tiny morsels came either in white or a golden yellow colour, and were often put out when company came calling, and the adults were served some ouzo.  Although we loved stragalia, and ate them by the handful, we never knew that they were a dried version of this thing called chickpea.  And then, this soup came into our lives.  Suspicious, we asked our parents what these round beans were, and whether or not they were gross. Worried that we would not eat our meal, our parents explained that these were revithia, and that we would surely love them, because we loved stragalia…which were dried revithia.  Our minds were blown!

Helpful hints:

Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) are legumes which are nutritional powerhouses; high in protein, folate, iron and fiber, they are a filling and inexpensive way to pack in the good stuff.  Although we like to cook with dried beans whenever possible (and encourage you to do the same), you can certainly substitute canned chickpeas in a pinch.  If you do, the cooking time of course will be quite reduced, and the water called for in the recipe should be reduced by one cup.


The recipe for chickpea soup below calls for the addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice after the soup has cooked.  This amount of lemon juice give a mild, but noticeable citrus taste.  You can absolutely add more lemon if you prefer; just remember that you can add, but you can’t take away.  So, start with what we suggest, and go from there!

Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

This chickpea soup is a fantastic vegan recipe, perfect for days that you want to abstain from meat and other animal products.  It is therefore perfect for periods of fasting (provided that you are eating oil).  Served with a nice hunk of bread, some olives and perhaps a maroulosalata, this is a complete meal that is simple, inexpensive and very satisfying.

Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

Sometimes it’s great to be organized, and prepared.  If you are going to make this chickpea soup, how about doubling the recipe?  Have some for supper, and freeze the rest. This is a great soup to have on hand when there is no time to make dinner, or when you are too lazy to cook (come on…we can’t be the only ones who are sometimes too lazy to cook!).  To serve, simply allow your soup to thaw in the fridge from the morning, and heat in a pot.  Dinner is ready in about 10 minutes!

Chickpea soup (Ρεβιθόσουπα)

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Revithosoupa or Greek chickpea soup is a hearty vegan soup that is full of flavour and nutrition!

Chickpea soup

Revithosoupa or Greek chickpea soup is a hearty vegan soup that is full of flavour and nutrition!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Soaking time: 12 hours
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 562kcal
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • Saucepot


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup carrots, cut into rounds
  • 1 cup chopped leeks (white part only)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Rinse the chickpeas, and sort through them, removing any stones you may find.
    2 cups dried chickpeas
  • Soak your chickpeas in a large bowl of water for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  • After your chickpeas have soaked, rinse them well and set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and leek for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often.  Add the carrots, celery and garlic and sauté for an additional 3 – 4 minutes, stirring often.  Add the fresh thyme, bay leaf and the drained chickpeas and stir well.  Cook for a couple of minutes.
    1 cup carrots, cut into rounds, 1 cup chopped leeks (white part only), 1/2 medium onion, chopped, 1 celery stalk, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf
  • Next, add the water to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium high.  Cook covered for approximately 75 – 90 minutes.  Add the salt and pepper.  Check the chickpeas for doneness; they should be soft, but not mushy.
    1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 8 cups water
  • When the chickpeas are done to your liking, remove the soup from heat and stir the fresh lemon juice into your pot.
    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 1065mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 5804IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 7mg

Thanks for sharing!


  1. I love chickpeas, this looks so beautiful & appetizing !

    1. miakouppa says:

      Thank you so much Megala. It is quite delicious…and easy, which makes it even more delicious! 🙂

  2. says:

    this is such a wonderful recipe! Plus, you can feed a crowd with just a few (and cheap!) ingredients! 🙂

    1. miakouppa says:

      You are absolutely right Makos! A few simple, inexpensive, ingredients can definitely feed a large crowd in a delicious and nutritious way. This leaves some extra money for wine 😉

  3. i have all the ingredients. will make this weekend!

    1. miakouppa says:

      Super Marina! Let us know how you love it 🙂

  4. Success! My men folk ate it! And they said they would eat it again. Thanks,

    1. miakouppa says:

      That’s amazing Kathleen! Thanks for the feedback 🙂 and so glad that you all enjoyed it 🙂

  5. How many cans of chickpeas do you use for 1 recipe in place of the dried?

    1. miakouppa says:

      Hi Evie. You want to have the equivalent of about 6 cups of chickpeas for this recipe (the number of cans will depend on the can size). Hope this helps. Helen & Billie

  6. Diana Gumas says:

    I made this recipe (x3) for the meal after church today and it was a hit! Thank you for your reliable and tasty recipes, and especially for so many Lenten recipes.

    1. miakouppa says:

      Wow! Thanks so much Diana. We’re so proud to know that you served our soup at your church luncheon! We are so glad that everyone loved it! Thank you for taking the time to let us know 🙂 xoxo Helen & Billie

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