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Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

A problem I’ve discovered from hanging out with freshers* and going to freshers’ parties is that it’s really really easy to become ill.

You might remember that I visited Leeds a couple of weeks ago when I wrote my post about mini lemon cakes. What I didn’t know as I sat there blabbing about food is that the next day I’d have the ‘flu. Ahhh I was so blissfully unaware. A 35p packet of paracetamol, a lot of travel tissues and a few mugs of Lemsip and I was on the mend…or so I thought.

Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

Yeah, that’s right. I got ill again. I mean it’s actually pretty funny how unlucky that was. But you know how after you recover from an illness you feel extra protected cos you’re all like ‘heck yeah, now my immune system has all those antibodies’ ? WELL now I just feel doubly protected. Two strains of the flu can no longer bring me down (aww yeah) and as I’m not eligible for a ‘flu jab I need all the protection I can get.

But anyway I’m assuming that quite a lot of people will get a cold/’flu in the coming months and I thought I’d share a recipe for a marvellous, healing soup with some cold-fighting garlicy tortilla triangles for dipping. It’s a triple-carb affair (naturally) because your body needs the fuel so, yes, now is the time to eat chickpeas, pasta and bread in one meal. There are veggies in there too and it’s the perfect base to add some shredded chicken or tofu to if you desire (I was too preoccupied by watching Charmed on netflix to bother with defrosting any chicken). It gave me the boost I needed last week before I had to head off to film for Daily Brunch which, by the way, you can catch tomorrow at 10am on channel 4 if you’re in the UK and lol at my mermaid dip-dye hair!

Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

 *for non UK people a fresher is someone who has just started University.

Healing Green Tea & Chickpea Soup with Garlic Tortilla Triangles

Yield: 1 serving


  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 small carrots, , sliced
  • 1/2 stick celery, , finely chopped
  • 1/2 (14 oz) can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 tsp chopped basil
  • a handful kale, , stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 oz angel hair spaghetti, , broken into short lengths
  • 1 bag green tea
  • black pepper
  • 1 wholemeal tortilla
  • 1 small clove garlic, , halved lengthways
  • coconut spray oil
  • sea salt


  1. In a small pot bring the stock to the boil. Add the carrots, celery and chickpeas then cook for 8 minutes. Add the basil, kale and spaghetti then stir together and drop in the green tea bag. Cook for 5 minutes or until the noodles are cooked. Remove the tea bag, season the soup with black pepper and set aside to cool down a bit whilst you prep the tortilla.
  2. Spray the tortilla with a light coating of coconut oil (or just brush some vegetable oil over the surface). Rub the cut side of the garlic clove over the tortilla and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Place the tortilla in a hot, non-stick pan over a high heat and fry for 2-3 minutes with the oiled side face-down. Brush/spray the other side of the tortilla with oil and rub with garlic then flip it over and fry again for 2-3 minutes. Remove the hot tortilla from the pan and cut into triangles with a pair of scissors. Serve warm with the soup.

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  • Ramon M. October 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    What an interesting use of green tea! This looks like it packs a punch against any invaders 😉 Hanging on to this recipe for the Chicago winter.

  • valentina - sweet kabocha October 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I love little weird ingredients in a simple meal like this. I need to try green tea in a soup! (and while I’m writing this comment I read on my phone that you now follow my instagram account O.o )

  • Bea October 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Izy!I’ve fallen in love with this soup straight away!Thanks for sharing!And I hope you kicked this nasty bacteria’s butts so they won’t get you again 🙂

  • Eileen October 30, 2014 at 12:40 am

    You have to love a soup like this! So simple and flavorful and delicious. I’ve never had green tea in soup form, but considering how much tea I drink I’m all for it. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!

  • THE HUNGRY MUM October 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I hear ya – is so easy to be felled by flu. This looks like just what the doctor ordered 🙂

  • Mad October 30, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Oh no! The dreaded fresher flu strikes again. After this you will have an immunity OF STEEL! Maybe. Hopefully. Keep eating soup. Feel better soon 🙂

  • Coconuts October 30, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Love the idea of green tea, looks fabulous! I have to try this asap, this flu is killing me… Hope at least you are getting better 🙂
    Oh by the way, this serves two right?

  • Millie | Add A Little October 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

    This sounds great – love the addition of green tea and glad you’re not ill anymore!
    Also, where did you find the coconut oil spray?!

  • Maeve October 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Just discovered your blog from watching Daily Brunch and what a lovely blog it is!
    Come Autumn/Winter there’s few things I love more than a bowl of vegetable soup so thank you for this tasty recipe – will definitely have to give it a go 🙂

    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Mmm such a healthy soup! This sounds lovely…especially the green tea in there.

  • Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits October 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Wow, I never would have thought to add green tea in my soup! I also love your note at the end explaining what a fresher is! 🙂

  • Christine // my natural kitchen October 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I love a hearty soup, and your green tea addition is such a good idea! I have a couple friends who are naturopaths and we were on a trip together last winter and most of us got sick (we blame the circulated air on the airplane!) but anyways, they were drinking “garlic tea” and got me onto it too – basically a few cloves of garlic sliced up and steeped in hot water. It didn’t taste as bad as it sounds and it actually seemed to help. Just a (somewhat weird) tip in case you end up getting hit again by another flu bug!

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt October 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Oh man, that’s lousy! Last winter I caught the flu twice in a month and it was NOT FUN. On a lighter note, this soup looks absolutely divine. And these pictures are so cozy too. (:

  • Linda | Brunch with Joy October 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Oh no, hope you’re all better now. We all need this soup for the cold weather and I’m curious to taste green tea in soup form.

  • Ana October 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Wow! Amazingly innovative and yet it SO makes sense!!! I am so trying this, but hopefully I won’t be feeling ill while I do. I hope that this time you’ve definitely got rid of the flu!

  • Kathryn October 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Freshers flu is the absolute worst (and if you’re experience of freshers week was anything like mine, not helped by my insistence on going out every night!). Sending lots of healing vibes your way!

  • DessertForTwo October 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I guzzle green tea all day, why not in my soup too? I love this 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!

  • Faye October 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    That is SUCH a good idea to use a tea bag in the soup! Personally not a fan of green tea but I may give it a go with a ginger and lemon tea bag for an Asian-style soup?

  • Anna F. October 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I love such ingredients in a simple meal like this. And fits so perfectly in my mood for these cold days.
    Sure i need to try.

    Blog: A Beautiful Little Fool

  • Jiemin November 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hmm, just the name of it sounds delicious! Green tea is great and what a great idea to add in soup! Thanks for sharing and I hope you feel better soon.

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules November 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I was wondering what a fresher was! This sounds like it would definitely heal the flu. Sounds interesting with the black tea.

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    So interesting to put green tea flavors into a soup! Looks delicious!

  • Caitlin | back2spain November 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I love veggie blast soup…. And garlicky tortillas are a great idea!! Feel better!

  • Sarah @ SnixyKitchen November 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

    One of my favorite spots in SF has a soup with a green tea base, but I’ve never tried it myself. Your version is making me wonder WHY NOT?!?! Your soup looks amazing! My husband’s coming down with a sickness too – adding your soup to our weekly dinner plan.

    I hope you’re feeling better!

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    This was quite delicious! I had to add a bit more broth, but I really enjoyed the flavor the green tea added. It’s also the first time I’ve used garlic that way! it tasted fantastic! thank you!

  • Elizabeth December 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    This sounds so soothing. I’m home today with a sick little boy and I think I have all the ingredients on hand, so I’ think I’ve found lunch. Your photos are lovely as always.

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    I just found your blog – and you are certainly impressive!
    This easy soup was exactly what I needed for a quick after-work meal in the middle of fighting a yucky illness. Delicious and a keeper!

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