A rich, chickpea stew with layers of flavor. This hearty dish is a nourishing, delicious one-bowl meal that cooks in about 30 minutes. Make it with your choice of meat or vegetarian chorizo.
This hearty chickpea stew has so much going on flavor-wise, featuring spicy chorizo sausage, roasted red peppers and a healthy amount of leafy greens.
Think of it as a Spanish-style chili — a meal you can eat out of the bowl while sitting on the couch in front of your favorite movie.
As much as I advocate for togetherness when it comes to family dinner (Gather Around the Table is my tagline, after all) sometimes you just gotta cozy up to a warm bowl in your lap and something on the screen that changes your mood.
Of course, a pot of this very satisfying stew would be wonderful served straight from the pot plunked on the dinner table, along with a salad and some crusty bread.
If you have more serious hunger cravings to address, cook some soup-sized pasta like small shells and stir it into the pot.
For the soup in these photos, I made the stew with my favorite gluten-free pasta made from chickpea flour.
The great thing about chorizo is that you can buy meaty versions of the sausage made with pork or chicken, as well as chorizo that’s completely vegetarian.
Chorizo is usually seasoned with a blend of spices that includes paprika, garlic and chili. When you add those already tasty bits to this soup, things start to get even more mouthwatering.
Make sure the chorizo you use for this recipe isn’t the dry-cured type, which is more like salami or pepperoni.
More Quick One-Bowl Meal Recipes:
- Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken
- 30-Minute Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
- Pappardelle Pasta with Portobello Mushroom Ragu
- Thai Basil Chicken with Rice Noodles
One-Bowl Chorizo Chickpea Stew with Greens
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup (80 g) finely chopped white or yellow onion
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon crushed red chili
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Kosher salt
- 2 15-ounce (850 g) cans chickpeas (or 4 cups cooked chickpeas), drained
- 2 roasted red bell peppers* or 2 jarred roasted red peppers, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 pound (500 g) cooked chorizo sausage (about 4 links), cut into 1/2-inch pieces or 1 package vegetarian chorizo, prepared according to package directions
- 2 cups (60 g) loosely packed leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach, torn or chopped into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup (120 g) grated Manchego cheese or cheddar cheese
- Pour the oil into a soup pot or Dutch oven and place over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the paprika, chili, black pepper, bay leaf and 2 teaspoons salt to coat the spices in the oil.
- Add the chickpeas, red bell pepper and 4 cups water to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, 20 - 25 minutes. Adjust the heat to medium-low if it starts to boil.
- Scoop out half the soup, puree in a blender and add back to the pot, or use an immersion stick blender to blend to a thick but chunky texture right in the pan. Add about 1/2 cup more water if you prefer a thinner consistency. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir the chorizo and greens into the hot stew to wilt the greens. Serve in bowl topped with the grated cheese.
- To roast red bell peppers, put the whole peppers on a hot barbecue grill, under a broiler or directly over a stovetop gas flame until blackened on all sides. Put the peppers in a bowl and cover. When cool, peel off the skin, remove the stem and seeds. Store peeled peppers in the refrigerator for a week or so.
- Make this hearty soup with meat or vegetarian chorizo
- Add cooked small pasta shells or couscous to satisfy hearty appetites
- Use an immersion blender to easily thicken and smooth the stew right in the pot, or skip that step and just enjoy!