Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Soup


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable base
  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 baguette

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1. Prepare Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel onion and cut into ½-inch dice. Mince garlic. Rinse spinach and pat dry. In a large bowl, combine vegetable base with 4 cups water. Drain chickpeas and rinse.

2. Cook Spinach

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium pot over medium heat. When oil is just shimmering, add half of minced garlic and sauté until beginning to brown, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until spinach is just wilted, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and set aside.

3. Start Stew

Wipe pot from spinach clean and add 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add diced onion and remaining garlic and cook, stirring, until onion is soft, 3-4 minutes. Add ground cumin and smoked paprika and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes and their juices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas begin to brown and tomatoes begin to caramelize, 8-10 minutes.

4. Simmer Stew

Add 3 cups vegetable base mixture to pot and bring to a simmer over medium high heat, scraping up browned bits from bottom. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, mashing chickpeas, until stew is thick, 15-20 minutes. Fold in spinach. Add additional vegetable base mixture as necessary to reach desired thickness.

5. Fry Eggs

Meanwhile, wrap baguette in foil and warm in oven, about 10 minutes. Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in medium nonstick pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, carefully crack eggs into pan and season with salt and pepper. Fry without moving until whites are set but yolks are runny, 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

6. Plate Stew

Taste stew and add salt and pepper as needed. Divide evenly between 2 bowls and top each with a fried egg. Serve with baguette alongside.