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Chickpeas with Bay Leaves and Herbs

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 6 cups chickpeas and 2-1/2 cups cooking liquid

Cooking dried beans is a hands-off process, and the tender, creamy results are well worth the minimal effort. Use these chickpeas in Pasta with Chickpeas, Sweet Peppers, and Rosemary, Pork Medallions with Chickpeas and Cabbage, Roasted Chicken, Chickpea, and Cauliflower Salad, and Spiced Lamb Chops with Chickpea Purée.


  • 1 lb. dried chickpeas (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 large sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt


  • Put the chickpeas in a large bowl, cover with cold water by a couple of inches, and refrigerate for at least 6 and up to 24 hours.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Transfer to a 6-quart pot. Tie the onion, herb sprigs, and bay leaves in a piece of cheesecloth and add the bundle to the pot. Add 10 cups cold water and bring to a boil, skimming off any foam. Turn the heat down to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until just tender, about 1 hour.
  • Add 2 tsp. salt and continue cooking until the chickpeas are fully tender and creamy on the inside but retain their shape, 15 to 30 minutes more.
  • Drain the chickpeas, reserving the cooking liquid; discard the herb bundle. Let the chickpeas and the reserved liquid cool to room temperature. Refrigerate in separate airtight containers for up to 5 days.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

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    snufkin | 11/18/2019

    Once you've made these, you can't go back to tinned chick-peas. These are delicious!

  • cozette | 12/29/2017

    This is my go-to recipe for cooking garbanzos. I use Rancho Gordo's dried garbanzos. These are good for throwing into anything calling for chick peas, including straight into your mouth from the frig.

  • dorypoway | 05/19/2017

    Good flavor. Made this to go with Pork Medallions w/Chickpeas and Cabbage (a very very good dish). The chickpeas on their own were good -- hard to stop 'sampling' them. Agree with previous reviewer, definitely comfort food.

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    CrackerCat | 03/28/2014

    Definitely comfort food. Great ingredient for many other dishes.

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