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Chickpea, bacon and chilli soup

message posted 21-Sep-06 18:22:38
serves 6 -8

600 gr dried chickpeas
200 gr piece of streaky bacon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 long red chillies, seede and finely chopped
2.5 lts chicken stock


Soak chickpeas for 24hrs, drain.
place chickpeas in pan, cover with water and boil for 10 min and refresh(eliminate toxins)
Cut half the bacon into strips , leave other half.
In pan heat olive oil and sweat onion, garlic and chilli, add drained chickpeas and cook for further two minutes.
Add stock and whole piece of bacon, bring to boil and simmer until chickpeas are tender.
Remove and discard piece of bacon, puree and season soup.
Fry bacon strips till crispy and garnish soup.

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