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  BIG & NUTTY CHICK PEA SOUP
 
  SERVINGS: 3 to 4
 

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 33 mins

SUBMITTED BY: Wendell Ramchatesingh

SUBMISSION DATE: 8/25/2008

SUBMITTER LOCATION: New York, NY
 
INGREDIENTS
 
1 pkg (3.5 oz) Fresh Gourmet® Santa Fe Style Tortilla Strips
1 can (16 oz) chick peas
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups water
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1 whole pimento (red bell pepper, finely chopped)
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 cups chicken broth
pinch of ground cumin
1/4 cup celery (chopped)
1 cup butternut squash (finely chopped)
1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
sprinkle - crushed red pepper (optional)
sprinkle - Bacon Bits (optional)



  DIRECTIONS
 
Drain and rinse chick peas.

Heat olive oil in 3-qt saucepan over medium-high heat.

Saute onions and garlic for 1 min.

Add chick peas, mix and cook for an additional 2 mins.

Add remaining ingredients except Fresh Gourmet® Santa Fe Style Tortilla Strips. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, coer saucepan and simmer for 30 mins, stirring occassionally.

Top each serving with Fresh Gourmet® Santa Fe Style Tortilla Strips.