Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach Soup

January/February 2014

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Chorizo lends this Mediterranean-inspired spinach soup recipe a smoky paprika flavor, and since the chorizo is sautéed first, much of the fat is drained away. Be sure to buy dry-cured, salami-style Spanish chorizo, not soft, Mexican-style sausage by the same name.

Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach Soup

Makes: 4 servings, 1 3/4 cups each

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups

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  • 4 ounces Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, rinsed well and thinly sliced
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (regular sweet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook chorizo in a large pot over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat melts out, about 5 minutes. Set aside to drain on paper towels; discard fat.
  2. Add oil to the pot and place over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until just soft, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes (or puree) and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add broth, chickpeas and sweet and smoked paprika; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add spinach, pepper and the reserved chorizo; cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.


Per serving: 320 calories; 14 g fat (4 g sat, 7 g mono); 23 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 6 g total sugars; 15 g protein; 7 g fiber; 643 mg sodium; 887 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (86% daily value), Vitamin C (43% dv), Folate (41% dv), Iron (26% dv), Potassium (25% dv), Magnesium (21% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 1 high-fat meat, 1 fat

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