The original version of this was published in the Chicago Tribune, and posted on the Vegfood mailing list. I have altered it by increasing the vegetable content for flavour, and decreasing the fat content. If you want the garlic flavour to be more prominent, then add it with the chickpeas rather than at the start of cooking. I think this soup tastes best the day after cooking. The teaspoon and US cup measurements should be taken after chopping the vegetables finely.
Serves 3 for a light lunch when served with bread
1. Finely chop the garlic, celery, red pepper and carrot. Saute in vegetable stock for about 7-8 minutes until celery is translucent and vegetables are soft.
2. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add to the saucepan with V8 juice and 275ml (10 fl oz, 1 ¼ cups) water. Season with black pepper and add the basil.
3. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Purée (a hand blender works fine) and adjust consistency by adding more water if necessary. Check seasoning, reheat and serve.
Kake's (Vegan) Cookery Site - http://www.earth.li/~kake/cookery/
This page added 26 Jan 1998 (last altered 11 Sep 1999) - comments and questions to Kake L Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org).