Take control of your health: Learn more about our Plant-Based Nutrition CertificateLearn more about our Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate
Recipes » Soups » Spinach and Garbanzo Bean Soup
CNS Logo
Sopa de Garbanzos

Garbanzos, also known as chickpeas, are originally from the Middle East and popular in Northern New Mexico where my family originates. They were brought to Mexico by the Spanish generations ago, and grandmothers have since incorporated them into many healing soups.


What You'll Need


1 ½ cup dried garbanzos (soaked overnight)

1 whole garlic head

3 bay leaves

1 yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 bunch spinach

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced in 1” cubes

1 tsp whole cumin seeds

2 tsp dried Mexican oregano

1 – 2 small dried red chiles, crushed

1 tsp smoked paprika

4 cups vegetable stock

4 cup water

1 lime, juiced

1 tsp sea salt or to taste


How to Make It


GARBANZOS

1 Drain the soaked garbanzos and place them in a large saucepan with the head of garlic and bay leaves.

2 Cover with plenty of water and bring to a boil.

3 Reduce heat and simmer for 1 – 2 hours or until the beans are soft, but still firm to the bite, adding more water if necessary.

4 Remove the bay leaves and garlic, then drain.

SOUP

1 In a large soup pot sauté onion and garlic over medium heat.

2 Stir for a couple of minutes, then add cumin, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, and chile, and cook for 30 seconds longer.

3 Add vegetable stock and water, turning up heat to bring to a simmer.

4 Add the garbanzos, diced potatoes, and sea salt.

5 Allow the flavors to marry and the potatoes to cook, about 25 minutes, adding more water if necessary.

6 Once the potatoes are cooked, add the spinach and lime juice.

7 Stir, taste, and add more seasoning as needed.

Cooking Tips

Serve with a crusty bread or tortillas of your choice.

Use chiles de arbol for the red chiles.

Copyright 2020 Center for Nutrition Studies. All rights reserved.

We’ve partnered with renowned online education provider eCornell, to offer a revolutionary program to help you understand the importance of diet and nutrition for your life. In a few short weeks arm yourself with the knowledge you need to improve your overall health, learn new skills, or even inspire a career change. Hear what people are saying.

We’ve partnered with renowned online education provider eCornell, to offer a revolutionary program to help you understand the importance of diet and nutrition for your life. In a few short weeks arm yourself with the knowledge you need to improve your overall health, learn new skills, or even inspire a career change. Hear what people are saying.

100% online, learn at your own pace

Expert interaction and enriching peer discussions

Science-based foundation

A trusted credential from eCornell

Sign up for our free newsletter

Live a healthier lifestyle with science-based information and how-to advice delivered straight to your inbox.