Andalusian Chickpea and Spinach Soup

Andalusian Chickpea And Spinach Soup Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a Spanish soup recipe (from the Andalusian region of Spain). The original recipe featured dry chickpeas that are soaked for 15 to 18 hours, and then they're boiled for 2 1/2 to 3 hours to soften enough to be ready to add to the soup recipe. This version utilizes pre-cooked (canned) chickpeas that are already softened, in order to significantly shorten the cooking time.

If you have the time, you certainly can use 1 pound dry chickpeas. But start the day before you prepare the soup, as it takes about 20 hours to soak and boil them.


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10 Min
55 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 medium
    spanish onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 14 oz
    canned diced tomatoes in juice,
  • 3 tsp
    sweet paprika
  • ·
    salt, to taste
  • 16 oz
    can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), undrained
  • 1 lb
    potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 c
    dry white wine
  • ·
    black pepper, to taste
  • 2 c
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 lb
    fresh spinach leaves, stemmed and coarsely chopped

How to Make Andalusian Chickpea and Spinach Soup


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a heavy soup pot and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 2 of the garlic cloves and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, paprika and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes cook down to a fragrant sauce, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the chickpeas with their liquid, the potatoes, wine, more salt to taste, pepper, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining garlic, the saffron and the spinach and simmer another 5 minutes. Add freshly ground pepper, taste and adjust seasoning, and serve.

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About Andalusian Chickpea and Spinach Soup

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Spanish
Other Tag: Healthy

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