When you have a soup this rich and chunky, all you need are a few slices of crusty bread to make a totally satisfying meal. Bursting with Mediterranean flavors, this Spanish sausage, garbanzos and spinach soup takes only ten minutes of preparation and 20 minutes to cook.
It’s that filling? Try having a large bowl of this soup and see if you don’t feel full. Of course, you can have just a small bowl and treat it as a starter course.
What makes this soup so tasty? Two things. The Spanish sausage is the first. I used chorizo de Bilbao. A little goes a long, long way. Combine that with lots of tomatoes and good quality broth and the soup is a feast.
The second thing is broth. Good quality broth. Don’t think that because there’s ground pork, that’s enough to make a rich soup. Nope. Good broth comes from simmering bones and ground pork has no bones. So, don’t be tempted to substitute water for the broth. If you do, no amount of salt and pepper will enrich the soup the way that broth does.
Spanish Sausage, Garbanzos and Spinach Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 100 grams ground pork
- 100 grams Spanish sausage (chorizo packed with paprika is best), thinly sliced
- 2 bell peppers diced
- 1 cup cooked garbanzos (chickpeas; canned is fine)
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups bone broth preferably homemade
- handful spinach
Heat the olive oil in a pot.
Saute the garlic, onion and oregano.
Add the ground pork, diced bell peppers and sliced sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the ground pork is lightly browned.
Add the garbanzos.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and broth. Stir. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the spinach. Simmer for another five minutes.
Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
Serve the Spanish sausage, garbanzos and spinach soup hot. With bread, if you like.