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Spinach and Chickpeas Soup with Pearl Couscous

Spinach and Chickpeas Soup with Pearl Couscous

Spinach and Chickpeas Soup with Pearl Couscous


Growing up my mother always made soup. She would make a big pot for us to eat for days. Regardless of the weather, I still love a bowl of soup, because it reminds me of home. This recipe is very simple but incredibly tasty, made with tomatoes, pearl couscous, chickpeas, spinach, and spices. I finished the soup with some lemon juice, fresh parsley and lemon zest which gives the soup an extra twist. This is a filling and comforting soup that is still suitable for a late spring/early summer meal. I really liked the results. It was filling but left me feeling nourished, not stuffed. I served it with the crusty bread and a smokey ham. Enjoy!

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Spinach and Chickpeas Soup with Pearl Couscous

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 quart low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked pearl couscous
  • 2 cups baby spinach, packed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon zest to serve (optional)


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Stir in thyme, rosemary and smoked paprika until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes. Whisk in vegetable stock, bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in couscous, reduce heat and simmer until couscous is tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Stir in baby spinach and chickpeas beans and cook until the spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in lemon juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with lemon zest if desired.

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  • Reply
    Food For The Soul
    May 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    This soup looks warm and soul warming. I will give it a try this weekend. Thank you for sharing…..Zeba

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    Julie is Hostess At Heart
    May 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks so good! I’ve never added chickpeas to soup. I’ll have to give that a try.

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      May 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Julie! I think chickpeas are great addition to soup. i think you will like it:)

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    Whisked Away
    May 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous blog you have! Beautiful pictures and amazing recipes, looking forward to following along!

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      May 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much! So happy that you like my blog:) looking forward to follow your blog as well! Thank you for stopping by! Olga xx

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    May 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love pearl couscous and this bowl of soup sounds so wonderful with smoked paprika, rosemary and thyme. Lovely photograph, so fresh and crisp.

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    May 2, 2015 at 1:35 am

    This sounds delicious – so many of my favourite ingredients in one, and I LOVE soup. (I literally once wrote an entire blog post dedicated to how much I love soup!) Pearl couscous (I think it is also called Israeli or giant couscous here in the UK) is amazing, I find it quite tricky to find here except in health food shops but whenever I do I buy several bags! Now I have another great recipe to use them in! Thank you so much for sharing on Fiesta Friday.
    P.S. I just made the mistake of following you on Instagram and I am now drooling over your beautiful food photos! So much deliciousness!! 😉

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      May 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Anna! So happy you liked my post! I actually love soup as well! Pearl couscous and Israli couscous is the same but if you can’t find it you can use small pasta like orzo. It works well in this recipe. Thank you for stopping by:) Olga xx

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    May 2, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Another beautiful soup and this one looks really delicious, Olga 🙂

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    May 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Going into winter here and I am going to love trying this one out thanks!

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      May 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks! Hope you do:) we really love this soup and it’s really easy to make. It’s ready in less than 30 min.

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    Serena @ foodfulife
    May 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

    A delicious soup, beautifully presented! Chickpeas and spinach are great together!

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    May 4, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Ahh, I need this soup right now. This looks so delicious. 🙂

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    May 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Looks delicious! Just “pinned” it to my soup board!

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    May 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    What a great flavor combo! It looks delicious and perfect for a rainy day like today (here in MI, USA)!

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