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On nights when you need a nutritious, tasty, quick and easy dinner made with pantry staples (hello, canned chickpeas!), you can't beat this hearty soup. (Use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version.) Rach likes to serve it topped with crispy kale and charred ciabatta rubbed with the cut side of a garlic clove, drizzled with EVOO and then rubbed with the cut side of a ripe tomato.
For the crispy kale, heat oven to 450°F. Spray kale and roast on wire rack-lined baking sheet until very crisp, then season with fine sea salt.
For the soup, heat a soup pot over medium heat with EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic and season with salt, bay, rosemary, cumin, fennel and red pepper flakes. Add chickpeas, tomatoes and stock and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf and puree with immersion blender.
Serve soup with crispy kale on top and charred bread on the side.