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Close up view of a side angle of a white bowl of gochujang soup topped with shredded scallions.

Gochujang Chickpea Soup

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This Gochujang Chickpea Soup is quick to make, but loaded with lots of warming savory flavors. Comes together in 30 minutes and packed with satisfying protein and fiber.


  • 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds removed and finely diced (or use 1/2 a bell pepper for less heat)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free gochujang
  • 1, 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme or 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
  • 2 1/2 cup good quality vegetable broth (or 2 1/2 cups water with 1 vegan chicken bouillon cube)
  • 1 tsp yellow or white miso paste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Scallions, for garnish


  1. Heat a small pot or saucepan over medium heat then add the avocado oil to warm through. Add the onions, carrots, celery and jalapeno along with a pinch of salt and sauté until the onions have softened.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger then sauté again until fragrant then stir in the gochujang and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add in the chickpeas, quinoa, coriander and thyme, then pour in the broth. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook partially covered with a lid for 15 minutes.
  4. Combine the miso paste with 2 tablespoons of water and whisk until no lumps remain. Once the soup has finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in the miso mixture along with the sesame oil. Adjust salt to taste and serve garnished with scallions.


Build on flavors. It might be tempting to throw everything in the pot all at once to cook, but sauteing the added veggies and aromatics helps to build and develop more flavor overall.

Add more veggies. You can always stir in some kale or spinach into your broth for added fiber and nutrients. I also love to sauté some cabbage or diced zucchini in the beginning as well. If adding a lot of veggies, you may wish to add some extra water or broth as needed.

Adjust the spice to your liking. I love spicy food and will often increase the amount of gochujang I use in this soup. If you are not as into spice, just use the recommended tablespoon in the recipe and make sure to deseed your jalapeno if using.

Double the recipe. This recipe is designed to be a small batch soup, but if you love it and want to have more on hand, feel free to double the recipe by using the scaling feature available in the recipe card.