Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

This satisfying stew comes together in a snap. Mashed chickpeas add body to the broth, and tomato paste adds a savory note without piling on the sodium.

To simplify the prep, look for chopped fresh onion and shredded carrot or a soup starter mix in the produce section.


2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium chickpeas, rinsed, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 medium carrots, diced (3/4 cup)

4 cloves garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (32 ounce) carton low-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

⅛ teaspoon salt
3 cups IQF (individually quick-frozen) spinach (8 oz.)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (Optional)


Mash 1 can chickpeas with a potato masher or fork. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add turkey, oregano, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes

Tip: Individually quick-frozen (IQF) spinach makes this recipe a breeze. If you can't find it, use a frozen 10-oz. block of spinach, cook according to package directions, then add to the soup in Step 4.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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