Spicy chorizo, chickpea and tomato soup
14th August 2009

Spicy chorizo, chickpea and tomato soup

By Sara Photography by Emma
 

Winter for me starts with soup-making motivation stirred by the first sight of the new season veggies. I make a huge batch which is then either eaten as lunch and dinner for the next few days, or frozen in an assortment of plastic containers. I find the trouble with freezing a large quantity of the same food is that it can become totally uninteresting. I soon forget the excitement of picking the vegetables, marrying their flavours with herbs and seasonings, the cutting, cooking and blending process. I regret to say that my soup is usually only defrosted and revived when I am in need of the container. Making a batch of soup is convenient and economical but this year I don’t have a freezer full of neglected soup. Make this generous batch for a group of friends on a cold night or for a weekend lunch; it’s hearty and satisfying, not to mention easy to make and economical when feeding a crowd.

Ingredients

8 with bread
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  • 2 chorizo sausages (I used mild), sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery stems, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes or chilli powder or ¼ tsp freeze-dried chilli powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (or standard paprika if not available)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 360g tins chickpeas, drained
  • 1 l chicken stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Italian parsley, roughly chopped

      Method

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      • 1. Fry the chorizo in a pan; you will not need any oil as there will be enough fat in the sausage. Once browned and a little crispy, remove the chorizo from the pan, onto a paper napkin to drain the fat.
      • 2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sweat the red onion, carrot and celery for a couple of minutes.
      • 3. Stir in the garlic, chilli and paprika. Then stir in the tomato paste.
      • 4. Add the tinned tomatoes, the tinned chickpeas and the chicken stock.
      • 5. Add the cooked chorizo to the soup and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.
      • 6. After the 30 minutes, taste the soup and season with salt and black pepper (if the chorizo is particularly salty the soup may not need any extra added).
      • 7. Ladle the hot soup into bowls, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over and sprinkle with Italian parsley.
      • 8. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread, warmed in the oven.
         

        COMMENTS

        1. chorizo, chck peas and tomato? i’m in!, wonderful combination of flavours, lovely photos too, i really like your site, and i will be coming back, please, visit mine if you have the time:
          http://www.pityinthekitchen.blogspot.com

          cheers,

          pity (a spanish living in london)

        2. Laura

          This soup was delicious, it had a really nice kick to it but was not to spicy at all. It was also really quick and easy to make…..from start to finish it only took me 45 minutes!! All my family loved it :)

        3. Na

          cette recette me plait énormément ! sans les pois chiche pour moi ,j’espere la faire trés vite .

        4. Skillful looking website, also in web browser HotJava

        5. Thanks for the great recipe – very Spanish. It was perfect for those first coldish days here in Barcelona. Will definitely make it again.

        6. I don’t usually comment on web sites but had to on your site. You have a very unique writing style. A lot of people don’t have that touch, they just drone on and on in the most boring way. But not you – thanks! I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes you have here (after a trip to the market to get the ingredients). Cooking is my favorite hobby. I don’t have time to read it all right now, I found this site when looking for something else on Bing, but I’ve bookmarked your home page and will visit again soon to see the latest posts. Visit my site if you’d like to read more. Thanks again!

        7. Trak

          When does one add the cumin?

        8. Sara

          Hi, sorry you should add it with the paprika.
          Sara

        9. nadia

          Great flavours, easy recipe.
          I served it with the tomato cheese scones from this site, and a green salad. Yum.
          http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/2010/10/tomato-relish-scones/

        10. Sara

          Hey Nadia,
          Thanks for your comment – so glad you enjoyed the soup!
          Hope to see you soon,
          Sara

        11. steph

          “this is quite possibly the best soup I’ve ever had” – flatmate one. “it’s everything I want from a soup” – flatmate two. cheers sara!!

        12. Sara

          Wow!! Thanks for your comment Steph; it’s made my day, possibly my week!

        13. carmel

          can i freeze this soup?

        14. Sara

          Yes you sure can! Just pour into air-tight containers and cool.

          Waiting for the soup to completely cool before freezing will ensure that your freezer temperature stays at its optimal temperature. Warm foods will cause the freezer temperature to rise, affecting colour, texture and moisture retention of foods once thawed.

          You can store for 1-2 months in the freezer then microwave or place into the fridge (the day before) to defrost.

          I hope this helps,
          Sara

         

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