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Craving Chorizo and Chickpea soup

I woke up this morning thinking about chorizo and chickpea soup.  It was a cold morning, so it wasn’t unusual for me to crave soup and I thought that the smokiness of the chorizo and the heartiness of the chickpeas would be the perfect combination.  I knew I’d seen a recipe for this in one of my cookbooks, so I started the hunt.  I narrowed it down to Jamie Oliver, but couldn’t remember which one. I spent the morning drinking coffee looking through every single JO cookbook until I finally found the recipe.

In January, my Monday routine has to change as Granville Island Public Market is closed on Mondays in January.  I decided that Whole Foods would have everything I needed, but soon discovered that they don’t sell chorizo there.  I panicked a bit because I didn’t think that a regular supermarket was going to have a chorizo good enough to be the star of my soup.  I thought of holding off until tomorrow when I could go down to Oyama in the market to pick up a beautiful piece of chorizo.  But there’s something about cravings, they can’t be put off until tomorrow.  So I went to another supermarket and picked up 2 kinds of chorizo, thinking that what I may have lacked in quality, I was going to make up for in abundance.

The funny thing is, I thought I’ve made this soup once before. What I’ve come to realize is that I haven’t, nor have I ever eaten a chorizo and chickpea soup before.  I have looked at the photo in the cook book enough times that its perceived deliciousness has been ingrained into my memory.  I guess that’s the power of good photography.

Jamie Oliver’s cookbook, Jamie’s Dinners.  Click on the photo if you want the recipe.

I modified the recipe a bit, using canned diced tomatoes and putting half a carrot in with the celery and onions because I think every soup should have a bit of carrot in it.  After blending half of it and letting it sit a while, it felt like it needed “something”.  I had Ben try it, and he his opinion was that it was “good, not great”.  Well, good is not good enough for me, so I fried up the one last chorizo I had on-hand and added a tablespoon of sweet paprika to the pan.  I added some of the liquid from the soup and let it all cook down for a bit.  I added all of this to the soup and let it simmer for a bit longer.  The result?  Great.

2 thoughts on “Craving Chorizo and Chickpea soup

  1. Mmmm soup looks great – did you have any leftovers?
    Do you think it would have been great the first time around if you found your perfect chorizo or if you used fresh tomatoes instead??

    • Maybe it would have been better if I used better chorizo. The ones you can get at Oyama have way more flavour than the ones I got. Don’t think the tomatoes would have made a difference. And yup, lots of leftovers!

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