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When the photo of this dish made the cover of a Milk Street magazine many months ago with sub-title "Best Soup in the World", it looked so delicious and with that title in mind we made it a couple of days later. We took homemade chicken stock out of the freezer for the base and we loved the seasonings and the genius idea of the croutons in the bowl first. What we discovered was as much as we enjoy chickpeas as ingredient in many things and love them in hummus made from scratch , we didn't enjoy chickpeas as the main ingredient of this dish. But we so liked all other elements enough that we saved the recipe for "try again". That was last month and we took the not traditional path of subbing Great Northern beans (Rancho Gordo brand) for the chickpeas. We enjoyed it. A lot. Great Northerns tend to really take on the flavors of what they're cooked in also tend to hold their shape when cooked so they turned out to be a good alternative. The flavors even improve overnight if you want to make it up to before garnish step and refrigerate to reheat. It is "ahhh..." worthy when garnished so "company's coming" worthy too.