Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach Soup


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

Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings, 1 3/ cups each


  • 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

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes or tomato puree

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon paprika (regular sweet)

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • ½ 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
14g Fat
36g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g 29%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 4288IU 86%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 163mcg 41%
Sodium 676mg 29%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 84mg 20%
Potassium 887mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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