Easy Instant Pot Chickpea & Red Pepper Soup (WFPB)

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 bowls 1x


A warm and comforting vegan Chickpea & Red Pepper Soup made in your Instant Pot in 20 minutes.



For the Soup

  • 2 cans organic chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 2 medium red bell peppers coarsely chopped 
  • 2 large shallots coarsely chopped 
  • 12 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 3.5  cups vegetable broth sodium-free or reduced sodium
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cinammon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

For the Garnishes (use liberally if you choose)

  • fresh parsley or cilantro
  • crushed raw, unsalted cashews or other nuts
  • grated fresh ginger
  • smoked paprika


  1. Drain the brine from the chickpeas and rinse well in a colander. Get out your Instant Pot and start tossing.
  2. Slice the well-rinsed bell pepper and coarsely chop the shallots. Add them to your pot.
  3. Add minced garlic, fresh rosemary, cumin,  red pepper flakes, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, sea salt & pepper to taste and vegetable broth. Give it a good stir.
  4. Close the lid and either press saute for 20-30 minutes or slow cook for 2-4 hours. I slow-cooked mine for 4 hours but I’ve made this in as little as 20 minutes.
  5. Once it’s done, throw everything in a blender and give it a swirl until it’s creamy and delicious. Alternatively, you can serve it without implementing this step, right out of the Instant Pot.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings. I chose crushed cashews, parsley, grated ginger and smoked paprika and I’m so happy that I did.


  • This recipe is limitless; you can add extra veggies or toppings of your choice. Just make sure you leave a comment and tell us what you added so we can try your version.
  • Adjust the turmeric to your desired color. I used about 2 heaping teaspoons to get this amazing yellow.
  • If you choose to use fresh chickpeas, make sure you soak them overnight. I would go with a pound of them to start. You can always increase this amount as you desire.
  • If you are using the creamy version, don’t bother finely chopping the bell pepper and shallots. After all, you’re going to be blending them, therefore coarsely chopped veggies will do.
  • No Instant Pot? No problem. Just use a large pot. You may choose to saute the veggies, spices and garlic first in some veggie broth in a separate pan to cut-down on the cooking time.
  • To make this vegan soup recipe whole food plant based (WFPB), use raw chickpeas that have been soaked overnight.
  • Store soup in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this Chickpea & Red Pepper Soup for up to 6 months.
  • Category: One-Pot Meals
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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