Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This is sooo not Cambell's soup

Looking for a warm, filling and healthy soup for a cold winter's night? Try this, which was inspired by a recipe in the February, 2008, issue of Real Simple magazine. Mmm, mmm, good!

Chickpea and Sausage Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
5 links chicken-asiago sausage [or any flavorful sausage], sliced
2 cups chicken stock
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
8 oz. dried chickpeas, cooked and drained
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large bag fresh baby spinach leaves

In a large skillet, sauté the onion, garlic, celery, carrots and sausage in the olive oil until vegetables are soft and sausage is browned. Remove from heat.

In a large saucepan, heat chicken stock and tomato paste. Add cilantro to stock along with chickpeas. Add vegetable and sausage mixture from skillet and simmer all ingredients until flavors are blended. I simmered this soup for about two hours, but it could have been ready in half an hour.

Just before serving, add spinach leaves to soup and stir until spinach is wilted.

Serves 4-6.

Serve with crusty warm bread; offer herb-infused olive oil for dipping.



mehitabel said...

Okay, it sounds delicious. One problem: I am violently allergic to chickpeas (and all dried beans and peas)--as in, massive itchy hives allergic. Now to figure out what would substitute in this recipe without altering the basic idea too much. Hmmm...

Grumpy Chair said...

I have made something similar using ground turkey which I spiced up instead of the chicken sausage and Fang Jr. loved it (he has always been a bean eater).

If you have a super Target close by, they make awesome chicken sausages (Archer Farms brand).