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.

Ivy Manning
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2014




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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Add spinach, pepper and the reserved chorizo; cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 14.6g; carbohydrates 35.7g; dietary fiber 6.9g; sugars 6.2g; fat 13.9g; saturated fat 4.1g; cholesterol 23.3mg; vitamin a iu 4287.9IU; vitamin c 26mg; folate 163.2mcg; calcium 126.3mg; iron 4.7mg; magnesium 83.5mg; potassium 887.3mg; sodium 676mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
Great easy soup This turned out great as written! The only change I made was to use a chicken chorizo sausage instead of a regular chorizo sausage since. Paired well with the Whole wheat irish soda bread rolls as suggested in the magazine. Next time will have to try the recommended wine pairing. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I thought I was making a soup but this turned out to be a great chickpea stew. Very hearty and delicious. I followed the recipe. The only exception would be that it doesn't specify how many ounces of crushed tomatoes. Did I miss something? Otherwise service it with crusty bread and red wine. Nice dinner. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really different nice smooth flavor I was iffy about this tasting like all the other tomato-based soups I make -- which end up tasting like a variation of minestrone. This was different and really really good. I used the soft Mexican style sausage they warned against -- in fact I used chicken chorizo from the Whole Foods counter. I just used one link for the whole soup and that was all it needed. I didn't want it to be super greasy from the sausage. Also I used canned tomato sauce not crushed tomatoes. That worked very well. Highly recommend the recipe! Pros: Comfort food smooth textury not too thin and brothy but not thick or creamy either Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Healthy and delicious! I didn't think this would be as tasty as it was! Loved it! Pros: Easy to prepare! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Replaced chickpeas with black beans and a good dose of cayenne pepper to give it a kick. The soup was perfect. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great Flavor This soup was very flavorful and easy to make! I couldn't find the Spanish chorizo so I used the Italian salami instead. It turned out great! Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious flavors I made this last night. Used an onion because I had no leeks. This soup is slightly spicy I doubled the smoked paprika and it was not overly spicy. The combination of flavors and textures was unique and worked beautifully. This would be a quick weeknight supper. Pros: Easy short ingredient list. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Superb.. done without cumin and with veal tongue broth.. yum! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
hearty & healthy cold wether soup I substituted Andouille Sausage because I couldn't find Chorizo. I substituted White Beans for the Chickpeas because I prefer them. My Leeks were huge & I think the onion flavor is a bit over powering but all in all this is a soup I enjoyed and will make again with further tweaks. Pros: easy & flavorful Cons: too much onion (Leeks) Read More