Scrumptious Spanish chickpea & chorizo soup

Chorizo and Chickpea Soup

Serves 4

  • olive oil

  • 150 g iberico chorizo sausage, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped

  • 500 g fresh spinach, washed and chopped

  • 8 fresh tomatoes, deseeded and roughly chopped

  • 410 g good-quality tinned cooked chickpeas, drained

  • 1.3 litres organic chicken stock

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 55 g quality pata negra, Spanish ham or prosciutto, finely chopped

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 free-range eggs, hard-boiled

Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a large pot and add the chorizo. Allow to heat up and cook for a couple of minutes until the fat comes out of the chorizo, then add your onion, garlic and celery. Turn the heat down and cook slowly for 15 minutes with a lid on and without colouring the onions. Now take the lid off – the smell and colour will be fantastic. Stir it around and get some colour happening now. Add your spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for around 40 minutes.



At this point you can remove about a third of the mixture and purée it in a food processor. Pour it back into the pot, give it a good stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the pata negra or ham and 2 or 3 tablespoons of good Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Divide into bowls and grate some hard-boiled egg on top. The egg was a bit unexpected when I was given this in Barcelona, but it actually adds a lovely richness to it.

Nutritional Information

Scrumptious Spanish chickpea & chorizo soup

With spinach and ham

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Serves 4
1h 15m
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I first tasted this soup when I was in Barcelona. It may not look like the prettiest dish – it actually looks quite frumpy – but the flavours are amazing. The smoky spicy chorizo and Spanish ham are lovely with the creamy texture of the chickpeas and spinach. Definitely give this a go. You will always get good results with this soup, but you'll come up with something really special if you can get hold of the best quality chickpeas, chorizo and ham. There's a little bit of chopping to do in this recipe, but you can use a food processor if you don't have much time.

Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a large pot and add the chorizo. Allow to heat up and cook for a couple of minutes until the fat comes out of the chorizo, then add your onion, garlic and celery. Turn the heat down and cook slowly for 15 minutes with a lid on and without colouring the onions. Now take the lid off – the smell and colour will be fantastic. Stir it around and get some colour happening now. Add your spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for around 40 minutes.

At this point you can remove about a third of the mixture and purée it in a food processor. Pour it back into the pot, give it a good stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the pata negra or ham and 2 or 3 tablespoons of good Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Divide into bowls and grate some hard-boiled egg on top. The egg was a bit unexpected when I was given this in Barcelona, but it actually adds a lovely richness to it.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

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Carbs

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Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 582
    29%
  • Carbs 20.3g
    8%
  • Sugar 9.9 g 11%
  • Fat 38.8g 55%
  • Saturates 10.6g 53%
  • Protein 34.3g 76%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • olive oil

  • 150 g iberico chorizo sausage, finely chopped

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped

  • 500 g fresh spinach, washed and chopped

  • 8 fresh tomatoes, deseeded and roughly chopped

  • 410 g good-quality tinned cooked chickpeas, drained

  • 1.3 litres organic chicken stock

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 55 g quality pata negra, Spanish ham or prosciutto, finely chopped

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 free-range eggs, hard-boiled