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    Default Chick pea soup with spinach

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    Chickpea Soup With Spinach

    1/2 pound dried chickpeas, or about 2 1/2 cups cooked (1 large can or two medium-sized ones)
    4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    2 large onions, sliced
    1 medium red pepper
    Salt and pepper
    1 veggie or chicken cube
    4-5 cups water or to taste
    Good dash of chili flakes or 1 chipotle pepper
    1 pound fresh spinach, coarsely chopped.

    1. If time allows, soak dried chickpeas several hours or overnight in water to cover. If not, boil them for 2 minutes, and soak 2 hours, or just start cooking them, unsoaked. Place in a pot with fresh water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer, covered, at least 1 hour, or until tender.

    2. Put oil in deep skillet or casserole, and turn heat to medium-high. A minute later, add onions, a large pinch of salt and some pepper. Cook, adjusting heat as necessary so onions soften rather than crisp. Stir occasionally, and cook until onions become very soft and quite brown, at least 10 minutes. Add red pepper and cook a few more minutes.

    3. When chickpeas are tender, remove from heat, and drain, reserving their cooking water. Purée half the chickpeas in food mill, immersion blender or upright blender, adding enough of the reserved cooking water (or fresh water) to keep mixture moving smoothly. (Use care when puréeing hot liquid. If you have time, let mixture cool to room temperature first.)

    4. Return purée to pot along with remaining chickpeas, plus whatever chickpea cooking liquid remains, plus chipotle, along with enough stock to make 4-5 cups. Stir, adjusting heat so mixture simmers. Add spinach, and stir. When spinach is tender, after 5 minutes or so, taste, and adjust seasoning. Then serve.

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    Default Re: Chick pea soup with spinach

    This looks great, nice for cold days.
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    Default Re: Chick pea soup with spinach

    This soup is really delicious. PB, I found this after you pm'd me...I didn't realize it was posted so long ago!

    Next time I might only put one onion in...onions like to stay with me, permeate through my skin! But overall, what an AWESOME soup!
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    Default Re: Chick pea soup with spinach

    I think I cut down on the onions a bit after the first time as well. I also put in some celery and carrot. Just whatever is at the bottom of the crisper!

    I may well make this tonight as I have a bunch of spinach that's getting old.

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    Default Re: Chick pea soup with spinach

    mmmm...i love chickpeas! could you use frozen spinach?

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    Default Re: Chick pea soup with spinach

    No reason why not, although it goes a bit watery so you'd probably have to defrost it and drain it under a weight to get all the excess liquid out.
    Fresh (if you can get it) is better though because it has more vitamins/nutrients provided you wilt it before eating. Raw is even better.
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