Soup

Chickpea, Chorizo and Spinach Soup

It is COLD!  We came back from visiting my family in southern California for Christmas and were met with subzero temperatures.  We are expecting -40 degrees Fahrenheit wind chills soon.  A bit cooler than the 80 degree Christmas Day weather we enjoyed on the beach near Laguna Beach, California.

Going through the mail after being out-of-town, I read through the January/February 2014 issue of Eating Well.  I subscribe to a few different food magazines and I like many of the recipes in Eating Well.  I saw this recipe and, given the weather, I had to try it.  For me, there is a need for soup when the weather gets cold.  The recipe is part of a Soup & Bread article, so I will post the bread recipe paired with this soup too.  This is my version, based on what we had at home.

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Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach Soup

4 ounces Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/4 inch pieces (see note)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 1/2 cups crushed tomato purée

4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

1 29-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimentón)

4 cups baby spinach

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cook the chorizo in a large pot over medium heat until it begins to brown.  If you are using vegan/vegetarian chorizo, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pot.  Once browned, set aside to drain on paper towels.

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Using the oil in the pan, add the onion and cook (over medium heat) until soft.  Add the cumin and garlic.   Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes.  Cook for 2 minutes and add the broth, chickpeas (garbanzos), and the sweet and smoked paprika.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

Add the baby spinach, and stir until the spinach has wilted.  And serve.

Note:  You can use vegan chorizo and vegetable broth to make this soup vegan.  I have posted a recipe for vegan chorizo here.

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