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    Default Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup

    I just made this the other night and it was SO good, and so easy to make. I'm currently eating the leftovers and its just as good days later. Thought I'd share it with you! It takes some time to simmer, so even though the prep time is relatively low, I would give yourself some time.

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
    • 1 large onion, medium diced
    • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 heaping teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
    • 3 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
    • 1 quart vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 (5-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach
    Directions

    Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until the onions begin to turn translucent; lower heat if browning starts to occur. Add spices and saute a minute or so. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, broth, and sugar. Season with a couple pinches of salt and 10 grinds fresh pepper. Stir well. Chickpeas should be just covered with liquid. If level is shy, add some water so the chickpeas are just covered.
    Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to low and gently simmer for 45 minutes.
    Remove soup from heat. Use a potato masher to mash up some of the chickpeas right in the pot. Stir in the spinach and let heat through until wilted, just a couple minutes.
    Season again, to taste, with salt and pepper.
    Serve soup, drizzled lightly with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.


    Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup Recipe : Dave Lieberman : Food Network
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    that sounds sooooo good. i am going to make it this week.
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    Yeah, I used the free range chicken broth. Oh man, it was so good. The spices were just so beautiful together and the cinnamon smelled so great when it was simmering. If you're making it for one person, I would maybe half the recipe. I made the full recipe and it fed two of us for about three days (but we aren't huge eaters, so that may figure into it as well). Let me know if you like it.
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    this sounds good, i will try it, too. i typically like the cumin/cinnamon/paprika combo. thanks for posting.

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    I'm going to make this today, it sounds lush...



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    Just sitting down and eating this now, it is lovely but very hot spice wise! I think I may have overdone the Cayenne pepper. Love the cinnamon/cumin combo, I'd never have put those two together.
    Last edited by Rondette; February 14th, 2009 at 07:33 AM.

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    You didn't bychance put a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in, like the rest of the spices? Because I almost did that in my haste before I checked myself and realized that the recipe only calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon. It wasn't spicy at all when I made it so I think that the cayenne pepper must have been to blame.
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    Thanks for posting this...i made it and it was amazing(shared with
    a couple of friends)...
    Instead of using cayenne pepper i used scotch bonnet pepper
    and it was VERY spicy, but so so yummy...

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    I will definently try this.
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    This sounds soooo good. What did you all serve with yours? Crackers? French bread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    You didn't bychance put a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in, like the rest of the spices? Because I almost did that in my haste before I checked myself and realized that the recipe only calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon. It wasn't spicy at all when I made it so I think that the cayenne pepper must have been to blame.
    I don't think so...I'm just making another batch now (the last lot went TOO quickly!) and I was very careful with my measurements, so we'll see!

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