GARNISH: toasted sesame seeds, minced scallions, finely chopped tomatoes, or Herbed Garlic Croutons, optional
In 4-5 qt saucepan, heat oil. Add carrots, garlic, and onion; cook until tender. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in food processor, puree chick peas, 1 cup of vegetable stock, Tahini, and lemon juice.
Stir pureed mixture into saucepan. Add remaining ingredients including vegetable stock. Cover and cook for 5 minutes to heat through. Top with garnish if desired.
VARIATIONS: - substitute olive oil for safflower oil