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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / January 23, 2023

Poor Man´s Winter Soup | Healthy & Affordable Recipe to WARM your Soul

This Poor Man´s Winter Soup is the perfect dish for a cold and chili day. It´s packed with flavors, made with humble ingredients and all done in about 40 minutes. But the best part? With that first spoonful, it´s going to instantly warm your soul.

Poor Man´s Winter Soup
This is a recipe that dates back hundreds of years, where Mediterranean peasants would make soups just like this one. That where healthy, affordable and most importantly, warmed your body during the coldest days of the year.

Poor Man´s Winter Soup
To make this soup I used vegetable broth, but you can also use water. I just prefer the broth, as it adds a deeper flavor to the soup. For the chickpeas I used canned/jarred. But you can also use dried. Just soak them overnight in plenty of water and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Poor Man´s Winter Soup

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You want to add in the broccoli at the end. Otherwise it will lose its vibrant green color. And just simmer it for 3 to 4 minutes or until just tender. If you overcook it, it will get a mushy texture.

Poor Man´s Winter Soup

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Poor Man´s Winter Soup
5 from 3 votes

Poor Man´s Winter Soup

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 493 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large potato
  • 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 1 liter vegetable broth 4 1/4 cups
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 hard boiled eggs


  1. Roughly dice the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the carrot (peeled), cut the potato (peeled) into small bite-sized cubes, drain the cans of chickpeas into a colander and rinse under cold water

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple minutes add in all the chopped vegetables except for the potato, mix with the olive oil

  4. Once the vegetables are lightly sauteed, about 4 to 5 minutes, add in the chopped potatoes, drained chickpeas and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then add in the vegetable broth and a sprig of fresh thyme, raise to a high heat and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  5. Meanwhile, cut off the florets from a head of broccoli, then cut the florets into smaller bite-sized florets, add them into a colander and rinse under water

  6. After simmering the soup for 15 to 20 minutes and the potatoes are fully cooked through (just pierce one with a toothpick to ensure they are done), add in the florets of broccoli, give it a gentle mix, then place the lid back on the stock pot and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the broccoli is just tender, then remove from the heat

  7. Transfer the soup into shallow bowls, squeeze a kiss of fresh lemon juice over each soup and garnish each one with a hard boiled egg cut in half, serve at once, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Poor Man´s Winter Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 1031mg45%
Potassium 1351mg39%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 3802IU76%
Vitamin C 158mg192%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Charlotte

    5 stars
    Loved it! Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    09 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you like it! Much love 🙂

      11 . Feb . 2023
  2. Bonnie

    I made this soup, it was yum! I didn’t have broccoli, so used cauliflower. Also when it was done, I put almost half into another container, used a stick blender, then returned it to the soup. I just liked making the soup a little thicker.

    25 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jan . 2023
  3. Bosha

    5 stars
    Je suis sur que je vais adorer cette soupe, je n’aime pas les soupes mixées, celle-ci est parfaite !!!
    Tout ce qu’il y a dedans est excellent, on va se régalez ! Merci à toi

    24 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Merci pour le commentaire 🙂 Beaucoup d’amour!

      25 . Jan . 2023
  4. Tony

    How much frozen broccoli should I use in place of raw broccoli? Should I allow the frozen broccoli to thaw before adding it to the soup?

    24 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      No need to thaw out the frozen broccoli, add in 2 handfuls or as much or little as you like 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jan . 2023
  5. vicki mahler

    5 stars
    just finished cooking this soup excellent and very filling i sprinkled some parmesean cheese into the bowl this soup will be my go to good in summer also

    23 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jan . 2023
  6. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had poor mans winter soup before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    23 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jan . 2023

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