Italian chickpea stew

A wonderful dish for entertaining, as it can be made in advance and tastes just as good hot or cold

  • Prep:50 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 263
  • fat 14g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 25g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 0.5g


  • 550g salad potatoes (such as Charlotte)
  • 250g bag trimmed, washed spinach leaves
  • 4 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried crushed chilli
  • 200ml dry white wine (2 small glasses)
  • 6 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2x 410g cans chickpeas (preferably organic), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 15-20 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, tip the spinach into a colander or sieve, pour boiling water over it from the kettle so the spinach wilts, then hold it under the cold tap until it’s cooled down. Shake it well and leave to drain. Drain the potatoes and cut into 1cm dice.

  2. Heat the light olive oil in a large pan and cook the onion and garlic over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the chillies and wine, tip in half the tomatoes and cook over a moderate heat until nearly all the wine has evaporated. Stir in the chickpeas, diced potatoes and spinach and cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the lemon juice, parsley, mint, extra virgin olive oil and remaining tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the stew seems a little dry, add a splash of water or vegetable stock.

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