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A bowl with Greek chickpea soup and a piece of bread.

Greek Lemon chickpea soup

This delicious Greek lemon chickpea soup is super easy to make. With simple ingredients, it is creamy, lemony & the perfect comfort soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine Cretan, Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Chickpeas soaking time 6 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 302kcal
Author by Jenny Skrapaliori Graves


  • 1 lb chickpeas garbanzo beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dry oregano
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper

for finishing the soup

  • juice from 1- 2 lemons
  • 1 cup soup broth
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour


  • Soak the chickpeas in plenty of water overnight.
  • Put them in a large pot cover with water and bring them to a boil. Drain and add them back to the pot. Repeat the same process 2-3 times until they are half cooked. About 20 min each time. Drain chickpeas well and set aside.
  • In the same pot, in medium heat, add the olive oil and the the onion.
  • Sauté onion until it’s transparent and fragrant. Add the chickpeas, oregano and the bay leaves.
  • Sauté everything for a 2-3 minutes then add water to cover chickpeas plus 2 inches.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for about an hour or more if needed until they are tender. Shortly before chickpeas are cooked season with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl add the lemon juice and stir in the flour with a whisk.
  • Slowly start adding a little of the soup broth. Keep stirring vigorously. Pour into the soup and mix well.
  • Serve hot with smoked herring and onion slices. Don’t forget the crusty bread.


Depending on the chickpeas you are using, you might have to adjust the cooking time. For example, greek chickpeas cooked quicker than the ones I found in my grocery store. I had to add 30 minutes or so of cooking time. You want your chickpeas to be soft and on the verge of being "mushy" - in a good way. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on products used.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg