Day 1: Espinacas con Garbanzos
This is a weeknight dinner made for hangry people. It’s comes together insanely fast, is filling, and warms the darkest crevices of your soul. Pair it with some amazing bread, and you’re on a one way train to flavor-town. And by flavor-town I’m referring to a dreamy village under the Andalusian sun — respectfully.
I managed to bust this dish out in 24 minutes. Yes, I timed myself. I am not playing games when it comes to hangry dinners. Not to mention, it’s pantry friendly (and cheap!). You’ll most likely have everything you need to cook this at home, and if not, feel free to riff. Here’s how it all went down.
What you’ll need:
*looks like a lot, but really not.
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1/4 yellow onion
- 2 cloves of grated garlic
- Pureed tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Ham/Bacon…(I cut deli meat b/c that’s all I had 😳)
- A good amt. of paprika, cumin, black pep, & salt
- Fresh, crusty bread (you happened to cook that morning?)
- Slivered (toasted) almonds- (but I left them out)
Step 1: Dizzily run into the house, grab all the ingredients & attempt to mise.
This is a very simple recipe. All you have to do is chop the onion, grate the garlic, grab the spices +evoo, open (drain, rinse) the chickpeas, open the tomato puree, and cut the bread.
Disclaimer: I chopped the onions and grated the garlic in about 10 seconds, so don’t come for my knife skills.
Step 2: Hot pan, ham, oil, onion, bloom, chickpeas, tomato puree, broth, simmer & enjoy.
It’s definitely more than two steps, but each is so quick it’s only fair to aggregate it under one. While I don’t feel it necessary to elaborate, I’ll enlighten you.
- Start with a hot pan, sauteé bacon/ham until crisp then remove.
- Add a glug of evoo, and sauteé your onion (~4–5 min).
- Add another generous glug of evoo, add garlic + spices, and bloom (until you can smell them).
- Add chickpeas and sauteé (~2–3 min).
- Add tomato sauce + chicken broth.
- Simmer until reached desired consistency.
- Cook down spinach (~2 min), add raisins, ham, almonds (if using).
- Plate: add desired amt, cut (& toast) bread, add fresh cracked pep.
- Disfrutar 🍴
I wanted mine to be more stew-like, as it was a chilly winter day. But feel free to simmer for as long as your heart desires. After all, the traditional recipe is more spread like.
Visual journey 👇
Well, that’s it. Insanely easy, insanely delicious. It’s definitely taking at seat at the table of my house recipes.