Roasting the different elements of this soup will help caramelize the veggies and truly gives the soup an incredible depth of flavor. A hand immersion blender can be used in place of a traditional blender or food processor. This soup is flavorful, chunky, and very filling!
1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line two baking sheets with Gefen Parchment Paper. On one sheet, spread tomatoes, carrots, and garlic on the baking sheets and sprinkle with one teaspoon salt. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
2. On the second baking sheet, spread eggplant and chickpeas and sprinkle with one teaspoon salt. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Place tomato baking sheet on the upper oven rack and eggplant sheet on the lower and bake until tender, tossing halfway through, about 45 minutes.
4. Reserve some eggplant and chickpeas for garnish. Transfer remaining vegetables and juices to a blender or food processor and blend to desired texture (we like it slightly chunky).
5. Transfer to a large pot and add three to four cups water (or desired thickness). Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Season with salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and garnish with roasted eggplant and chickpeas and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with breadsticks.
Ok soup The soup was easy to make, and roasting the vegetables brought out some flavor, but it lacked seasoning.
I will try it again with some More herbs and possibly vegetable or chicken stock instead of water.