Winter brings with it cold mornings and early dark evenings. For our family, this means plenty of hearty soups. The kind that fills you up through the evenings as you sit on the sofa with blankets watching the build up to Christmas on TV. Well more like the kids wanting every toy on every advert in that order.
This soup brings with it the thick fulfilling consistency needed to fill you up and with a mild kick of chilli warms you too. A recipe is taken from A Soup for Every Day by New Covent Garden Food Co. which I bought last Christmas. This book brings so many ideas to the table it is hard not to resist and make something that everyone will surely enjoy and what’s better than 365 ideas to choose from.
Served with some homemade or sliced bread brings this hearty dish to the table and makes everyone happy.
Moroccan Chickpea and Spinach Soup
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3 Medium onions finely chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves crushed
- 1 ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Chilli powder
- 2 tbsp. Tomato Puree
- 150 g Dried Apricots chopped
- ½ Lemon zest and juice of
- 1 ½ litres Vegetable stock
- 250 g chickpeas tinned
- 200 g Fresh spinach finely shredded
- 150 ml natural yoghurt
- Heat the oil over a medium heat add the onions and cook gently for about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and spices and cook for a further 1 minute then add the tomato puree and cook for a few more minutes.
- Add the apricots, lemon rind and juice, stock and chickpeas. Cover and simmer gently for about 20 minutes until the chickpeas are tender.
- Remove from the heat and blend until smooth.
- Return to a clean saucepan and then stir in the spinach and cook for a further five minutes until the spinach has wilted.
- Season to taste and serve with a swirl of the natural yoghurt.