Crema de Garbanzos (Chickpeas Pureed Soup)

by Erica Dinho on May 11, 2012

Crema de Garbanzos (Chickpeas Pureed Soup)

Crema de Garbanzos, or Chickpeas Pureed Soup, is a traditional soup from the Cundinamarca department of Colombia. Pureed soups are very popular in Colombia, and I grew up eating many different types of my mom’s homemade cremas, or pureed soups. Actually you can find different packaged cream soups in most Colombian supermarkets, and Crema de Garbanzos is one of them, but for me, store bought soups, just won’t do. This soup is very easy to prepare, and makes a wonderful lunch, so no need for a can here!

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 pound dried chick peas, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro



  1. Place a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, scallions, garlic, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the pot with the beef broth. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook at a simmer until the chickpeas are tender about 2 hours.
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches, leaving some texture, and return the soup to the pot.
  4. Add the heavy cream and chopped cilantro. If the soup is too thick, thin it with water. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each bowl with chickpeas and cilantro.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy (Savory Moments) May 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

This soup looks so creamy and inviting!


2 Belinda @zomppa May 11, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Why get a store-bought version when this is better than anything you can get?


3 ruth May 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Really delicious and comforting. I used to have loads of pureed vegetable soups as a kid too and still make them for my kids. will definetely try this one too.


4 Mary May 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM

What a lovely soup. It looks like molten gold in a bowl. What a treat! Have a great day. Blessings…Mary


5 Joanne May 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

What a gorgeous vegetarian soup!


6 Miriam May 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

What a beautiful and tasty soup!! Miriam Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters


7 Soma May 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Happy Mother;s Day to you Erica! Have a very beautiful one . xo Soma


8 rebecca subbiah May 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

wonderful soup will make soon happy mothers day sweet lady


9 Kristi Rimkus May 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

What a colorful, flavor packed soup!


10 Caroline May 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

We had this soup last night for dinner and it was very good. Great for kids.


11 Erica May 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Thank you,everyone!


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