Make Ahead

A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre

March 31, 2014
8 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This dish was born on a rainy day when I wanted something simple, warm, and comforting. It plays well with runny-yolked eggs, and works as well for brunch as it does for dinner. —Cristina Sciarra

Test Kitchen Notes

Forget any other meals you had planned for the day -- oh heck, for the week -- and make this right now. You will not regret it. This dish has a little something for everyone: a kick of spice from the chorizo, a hint of warmth from the roasted red peppers, heartiness from the chickpeas, a pop of green from the spinach, and some soothing creaminess from the chèvre. Sit down with a heaping portion and a fork and allow yourself to sink into its comfort. While you are at it, please send some my way -- I cannot stop thinking about it. —snowcitygirl

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 3 roasted red peppers, packed in oil, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chèvre, crumbled
In This Recipe
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a wide saucepan. Add the spinach and toss to coat. Heat the spinach until it begins to wilt, about 4 minutes, then add the red wine vinegar and a pinch of kosher salt. Remove the spinach into a bowl.
  2. Add the onion, the roasted red pepper, and the garlic to the pan. Sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the chorizo. (If the chorizo is not cured, make sure to cook it through, about 5 to 7 minutes.) Add the paprika and the cayenne. Add the chickpeas, then stir everything together. Taste and correct the salt, as needed.
  3. Stir in the reserved spinach, then the chives and the parsley, and finally top with the chèvre. Serve warm.

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Cristina is a writer, cook, and day job real estate developer. She studied literature, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing, and completed the Basic Cuisine course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She lives in Jersey City with her husband--a Frenchman she met in Spain--and their sweet black cat, Minou. Follow her writings, recipes, publications and photography at