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Chickpea Soup With Spinach (Potje De Garbanzo Con Acelga)
From: Bayhill

From Norway.

SERVES 4

  • 1 cup dried garbanzo beans
  • 6 cups water, enough to cover beans
  • 2 medium tomatoes, whole
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut into halves
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Soak beans in enough cold water to cover for 12 hours; drain well.

In a large saucepan, combine soaked beans and 3-1/2 cups fresh water; bring to a boil. Add whole tomatoes, onion, garlic, paprika, salt and bay leaf. Cover and cook over low heat 1-1/4 hours.

Rinse spinach well to remove any dirt or sand; place damp spinach in a large saucepan. Do NOT add water. Cover and cook 2 minutes.

rain well; chop spinach. Remove onion quarters, tomatoes, garlic and 1 Tablespoon cooked beans from the saucepan. Discard tomato skins. Press mixture through a sieve or puree in a blender or food processor.

Heat oil in a small skillet; add pureed mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes; return to soup in the saucepan. Stir in wine and chopped cooked spinach; simmer 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Pour into a tureen or serve in individual bowls. Garnish with parsley.