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Garlicky Spinach and Chickpea Soup

Garlicky Spinach and Chickpea Soup 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jan 22, 2023

This brothy soup calls for 4 to 5 large cloves of garlic, and it’s entirely up to you and your affinity for it how many you use. No one is going to tell you that you can’t use more or less, if that’s where your taste is. It is, however, a flavor that plays well with the other definitive elements of this soup: chickpeas, spinach and lemon.

Active time: 20 mins; Total time: 50 mins

Storage Notes: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes 8 cups

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 large yellow onion (about 10 ounces), roughly chopped
  • 4 to 5 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Two (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained with liquid reserved (may also use 3 cups cooked chickpeas with 1/2 cup of cooking liquid)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, store-bought or homemade (see related recipe)
  • 2 cups (2 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Juice of 1 large lemon, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese (may substitute vegan parmesan cheese) (optional)
  • Crusty bread, for serving

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In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and salt and cook, stirring regularly, until the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper and stir to incorporate.

Add the chickpeas and stir to coat in the spices. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to roughly mash the chickpeas, just enough to break some of them up a little. Add the broth and the reserved chickpea liquid, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pan with a lid and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach and parsley. Let the soup sit for 1 minute, then add half the lemon juice. Taste, and season with the remaining lemon juice and/or more salt, as needed.

Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil, and top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the cheese, if using. Serve hot, with crusty bread.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “The Mediterranean Dish” by Suzy Karadsheh (Clarkson Potter, 2022).

Tested by Jim Webster.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 1/2 cups) based on 6: 194

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 235mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 7g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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