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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


Recipe Summary

5 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

To make ahead

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


6-quart (or larger) slow cooker


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.

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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

2 cups
469 calories; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 49.2g; dietary fiber 13g; sugars 9.8g; fat 14.8g; saturated fat 3.8g; cholesterol 98.7mg; vitamin a iu 3588.2IU; vitamin c 30.6mg; folate 47.7mcg; calcium 113.7mg; iron 6mg; magnesium 39.8mg; potassium 1216.1mg; sodium 732.9mg; thiamin 0.5mg.

4 lean protein, 2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat protein