by Melissa Jaramillo
Unfortunately, soup Month is only that -- a short four weeks. So many soups, so little time.
Soups come from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and kitchens. Each batch unique, filling your house with smells that call the neighbors over.
Here's a soup that will not only do that but should satisfy any palate. We're talking bout Chickpea Soup Portuguese style.
Portuguese cooks make good use of greens in their peasant-style soups. If you don't have spinach, substitute sliced kale or collards. You can find them fresh or frozen at your local grocer.
Prep time: 25 minutes | Total time: 60 + minutes | Yield: 6 servings
• Olive oil cooking spray
• 2 medium onions, chopped
• 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 2 cups (12 oz/360 g) peeled and coarsely chopped new potatoes
• 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 15-ounce (450-g) can chickpeas, rinsed
• 4 cups (32 oz/960 ml) defatted low-sodium chicken broth
• 8 ounces (240 g) smoked low-fat turkey sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
• 6 ounces (180 g) trimmed and chopped fresh spinach leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• Hot pepper vinegar, optional
Spray a large saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium-low heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until light brown and soft, about 10 minutes.
Add potatoes, marjoram, thyme and bay leaf to the saucepan. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chickpeas and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let cool slightly.
Remove the bay leaf. In the food processor or blender, process the soup until smooth, working in batches.
Return the soup to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir sausage, spinach and pepper into soup. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes; stir often to prevent the soup from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Ladle the soup into bowls. Stir in hot pepper vinegar, if desired.
Source: Healthy Living Kitchens