This Spanish chickpea and spinach soup is a dish from Spain that was fairly easy to convert to a low carb version without losing any of the robust Mediterranean flavor profile.

Bowl of soup with chickpeas, spinach and chorizo
Low carb Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Soup
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A few years ago, while visiting my daughter who was studying abroad in Spain we had the joy of eating some really memorable dishes. The soup (or stew) we had in Burgos, Spain was actually made with fish, but I substituted chorizo sausage to add more assertiveness, and I decreased the amount of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to lower the calorie count. I also added orange zest and parsley as a garnish to brighten up the deep flavors of the soup. 

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This soup was perfect for a rainy spring day.

Low Carb Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Soup (with Chorizo)

Bowl of soup with chickpeas, spinach and chorizo
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 6
Calories 521
Author dorothy stainbrook

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. chorizo sausage removed from casings
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed or minced
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves fresh if possible
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 oz can garbanzo beans rinsed
  • 26 oz chicken stock
  • 2 bunches fresh spinach chopped, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch bunch Italian parsley for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in dutch oven (if you don't have dutch oven, use a skillet for browning meat and vegetables and then transfer to large stock pot). Add chorizo to skillet or dutch oven and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  • Push chorizo to side and add more olive oil if needed and cook onion, carrot, and celery over med-low heat for 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not burned.
  • Stir in garlic, thyme, pepper flakes and paprika and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste and cook until slightly thickened (about 1 minute)
  • Add garbanzo beans and stock
  • Combine well and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low and cook, covered about 45 minutes.
  • Add chopped, drained spinach leaves to pot and cover. Cook over med-low heat until spinach is soft (about 5 minutes)
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste (chorizo is salty so be careful).
  • Garnish with parsley and orange zest and serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 29gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1444mgPotassium: 1323mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 14361IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 6mg
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More Uses for Chickpeas

Roasted garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) can make a great portable snack. Click here for this DIY low carb snack recipe for roasted chickpeas.

For a slow carb version of pozole with garbanzo beans, click here.

And for a Moroccan beef and sweet potato stew with garbanzo beans, click here.

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5 Comments

  1. Gloria Raheja on May 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Dorothy, I made this soup last night, exactly as you instructed (I used half a pound of chorizo, which was plenty) and it was fabulous! Phil emitted many sighs and guttural sounds of pleasure too. Thanks!

  2. cris on May 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Real funny.

  3. Gloria Raheja on May 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This looks great! I’m definitely going to make it!

    • dorothy stainbrook on May 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Gloria, the version we had in Spain had Merluza (a white fish), which was really good. I just didn’t like the bones, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone else.

      • Gloria Raheja on May 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Maybe I’ll try it both ways, first with the chorizo and then with some kind of fresh fish we get here. This soup is right up my alley, I love chickpeas and I love spinach and I love them together.

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