Portuguese Spinach & Chickpea Soup (Sopa De Grao)

120 mins (prep 20, cooking 100)
15 ingredients
8 servings
Another recipe adapted from Jean Anderson's "Food of Portugal." This hearty soup is from the Alentejo and can be dressed up with the inclusion of some garlicy sausage--chourico or linguica. I have taken a shortcut and use canned chickpeas and frozen chopped spinach, but using really good homemade chicken stock really makes a big flavor difference.

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  • 4 cups chickpeas (2 cans or about 1 pound of dried if you are using them)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped (feel free to use more if you are not adding sausage)
  • 3 large yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and coparsely chopped (i like yukon gold)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crumbled
  • 4 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade and unsalted)
  • 3/4 lb spinach (either frozen chopped or fresh baby spinach with stems removed and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (add one and taste(you may like less than the whole two spoonsful)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (or to taste)


Serving Size (271.91 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 612.83 Calories from Fat 189.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21.0g 258.44%
Saturated Fat 3.46g 138.35%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 79.26mg 211.36%
Sodium 360.63mg 120.21%
Total Carbohydrate 62.47g 166.58%
Dietary Fiber 18.34 g 586.74%
Sugars 10.91 g %
Protein 47.03g 752.44%
Vitamin A 4093.61IU% Vitamin C 15.95mg%
Calcium 159.02mg% Iron 8.59mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large garlic cloves, large, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, dried marjoram, fresh lemon juice, coarse salt, fresh ground pepper