This easy soup recipe is inspired by cocido, the hearty stew of assorted meats, chickpeas and vegetables considered a national dish of Spain. Each region, family and restaurant has its own variation, but this slow-cooker soup has enough meat to satisfy the carnivores and enough vegetables to make it healthy. Ask for a 4-ounce slab of Serrano ham or prosciutto at your deli counter instead of buying slices. If you don't have a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker, opt for the stovetop variation instead. Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

Bruce Aidells


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  • Soak chickpeas in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Place chicken in a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Drain the chickpeas and add along with ham (or prosciutto), chorizo, potatoes, leek, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, paprika and saffron. Bring broth (or stock) to a boil in a saucepan, then pour it into the slow cooker. Cook on High for 4 hours.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. Nestle cabbage into the soup, cover and cook until it is tender, about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Remove the chicken from the bones and stir it back into the soup; season with pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


Tip: Clean leeks well to be sure they're grit-free. After slicing, place in a bowl of water and swish around to release any sand or soil trapped between the layers. Scoop the leeks out of the bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving any dirt behind. Drain well. Repeat as needed.

To make ahead: Soak chickpeas up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate soup for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker

Stovetop variation: Soak the chickpeas (Step 1). Drain, place in a large pot and add ham, chorizo, potatoes, leek, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, paprika and saffron. Add 8 cups broth (or stock) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 1 hour. Add chicken and cabbage and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes more. Remove the chicken from the bones and stir back into the soup. Season with pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

469 calories; total fat 14.8g 23% DV; saturated fat 3.8g; cholesterol 99mg 33% DV; sodium 733mg 29% DV; potassium 1216mg 34% DV; carbohydrates 49.2g 16% DV; fiber 13g 52% DV; sugar 10g; protein 38.3g 77% DV; exchange other carbs 4; vitamin a iu 3588IU; vitamin c 31mg; folate 48mcg; calcium 114mg; iron 6mg; magnesium 40mg; thiamin 1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
My whole family loved this meal. I used boneless chicken thighs instead of drumsticks and opted for chicken stock from Costco. I was excited to buy saffron for the first time. Smelled so amazing while it was cooking all day! Served over white rice and it was a hit. Lots of leftovers which was even better than the first time around. Best new slow cooker recipe I've found in years of searching. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a hearty soup fully of feel good flavors. I only made two changes as I do not like chorizo I took that out and added clams. It was the closest to Manhattan clam chowder which is very hard to find. Love saffron!!! I serve this with a simple green and radish salad with lemon and evoo warm crusty bread! Delicious!!!!raf Read More