Golden Delicata Squash Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

Golden Delicata Squash Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

This Golden Delicata Squash Soup is so delightfully creamy and flavorful. Topped with crispy garlic chickpeas, this meal is a vegan and gluten free bowl of sunshine!

Okay. So, this Golden Delicata Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas is all I ever want to eat in my life forever. Okay, and maybe an occasional dark chocolate bar (you know, the caramel and black sea salt one from list of favorite Trader Joe’s items). But IT’S THAT GOOD.

delicata squash from trader joe's

I’m honestly shocked that I love this soup so much. Wanna know why? It’s 100 PERCENT VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE. Yes, there is no added dairy or gluten to this soup. And y’all know from several of my recipes like my  Stovetop Mac and Cheese or my Easy Skillet Refried Bean Dip that dairy and gluten are two of my favorite things in the world.

delicata squash, garlic and onions in vitamix

However, y’all, this soup DOESN’T NEED THE ADDED STUFF. Made with only 5 incredible simple ingredients, the flavor speaks for itself. It doesn’t need any bells or whistles or even my beloved heavy whipping cream. Oh no, this Golden Delicata Squash Soup is an independent soup who believes in minimalism.

creamy blended golden delicata squash soup in vitamix

This soup is nutty, slightly sweet with a hearty autumn flavor. By roasting the delicata squash, you add this amazing caramelization and depth of flavor profile. It’s extra creamy without adding any milk or cheese thanks to veggie broth and a blender. It’s the absolute perfect soup for eating while you’re under a blanket watching your favorite TV show. It epitomizes the word cozy.

creamy golden delicata squash soup in gray bowl

Creamy + Crunchy Elements

Often times, however, when I eat an extra creamy soup, I always feel like something is lacking. I need a different texture happening at the exact same time. Sure, I could crumble up some cornbread in my chili or maybe dip a grilled cheese in my tomato soup – but what different texture could I lend to this golden delicata squash soup?

holding crispy garlic chickpeas in a small white bowl

CRISPY GARLIC CHICKPEAS. THAT’S WHAT. Oh yes. These little protein packed balls of pure goodness are so delicious! They’re tossed with simple ingredients: a few spices and some olive oil. You bake them and they become wonderfully crisp and flavorful. The perfect addition to add on top of this soup. I did find out some interesting information however…

Golden Delicata Squash Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas with golden spoon

Peeling vs. Non-Peeling Chickpeas

For all of my recipes, I want to make sure I am testing them several times so y’all get the best result. For the crispy garlic chickpeas, I knew that I wanted to try two different versions: baking peeled vs. non peeled chickpeas.

If you didn’t know, there is an clear shell/skin of sorts that encases the chickpea. Just by slightly squeezing it, the shell comes off. It’s kind of gross looking to be quite honest. However, I had heard that by peeling them, your chickpeas became crispier in the oven.

Turns out – it’s true! Peeling the chickpeas does yield a crispier chickpea. However, does it make such a difference that you need to go through all of that work? In my humble opinion: no. Yes, the peeled chickpeas are slightly crunchier. Not so crunchy as to put in extra work. BUT YOU DO YOU! Just wanted to give you the results of my experiment.

Golden Delicata Squash Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas in grya bowl

So. Golden Delicata Squash Soup. Ultra delicious, creamy, vegan and hearty. Topped with crispy garlic chickpeas. I think I know what’s on the dinner menu in your future.

As always, please tag me on instagram @ourbalancedbowl if you decide to make this! I love to see your creations. Xo – Haylie

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Golden Delicata Squash Soup with Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

This Golden Delicata Squash Soup is so delightfully creamy and flavorful. Topped with crispy garlic chickpeas, this meal is a vegan and gluten free bowl of sunshine!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy garlic chickpeas, delicata squash soup, golden soup
Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 delicata squash
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (separated)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice your delicata squash in half lengthwise and de-seed it. Place it on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place face down on the baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or until fork tender. 

  2. In a bowl, toss your chickpeas with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne until evenly coated. Place on another baking sheet and roast at the same time as the squash for 20 minutes. Flip the chickpeas halfway to make sure they don't burn. 

  3. While everything is roasting, slice your onion into long thin slices. Mince your garlic. Add a generous amount of olive oil to a large skillet and cook your onions until delicious and caramelized - about 5-10 minutes. Add your garlic once the onions are done and cook until fragrant. Set aside.

  4. Once your delicata squash is done roasting, let it cool for a few minutes and then roughly chop it up. Add your roughly chopped delicata squash, the onions and garlic and the vegetable broth to a heat-safe blender. Blend until creamy and smooth, adding more veggie broth if needed. 

  5. Add the blended soup to a large pot if desired and let it simmer and heat on the stove until warm and cozy. Top with the crispy roasted chickpeas and enjoy! 

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