Chickpea Spinach (Super Thick) Stew with Fried Egg

This hearty chickpea stew is also healthy and satisfying, and the paprika adds a flavor I don’t normally eat. Plus, as we’ve said before, put a fried egg on any meal for instant magic.

Chickpea Spinach with Fried Egg on Top
Chickpea Spinach with Fried Egg on Top

Cook down the Spinach In a large heavy pot over medium heat, warm 1 T oil. Add a smashed garlic clove and let it brown for a minute or two. Add 8 cups coarsely chopped spinach, toss, add salt and pepper, and cook down until the spinach is wilted – 2 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.

Make the Stew Heat 2 T oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add 1 cup chopped onion and 3 smashed garlic cloves. Stir and cook until the onion is soft. Then add 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (we didn’t have smoked – we used sweet paprika, which was also lovely). Stir another 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 15-oz cans chickpeas and 5 canned whole tomatoes (crushed) and cook down for ten minutes. Add 3 cups vegetable broth, bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally and mashing some of the chickpeas until the sauce is thick – 15-20 minutes.

Fold in the spinach and simmer another 10 minutes or so. Add more broth if you don’t like it super thick.

Fry two eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper. Spoon the stew into two bowls and top with the fried egg. You’ll have some leftovers for lunch. And, check below for some of our other favorite egg-topped dinners.

Chickpea Spinach with Fried Egg on Top
Chickpea Spinach with Fried Egg on Top


  • olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
  • 8 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 15-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 5 canned whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 3 cups (or more) vegetable broth
  • 4 large eggs

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9 thoughts on “Chickpea Spinach (Super Thick) Stew with Fried Egg”

  1. This looks super delicious–it contains pretty much everything I want in a cold-weather meal. However, you’ve totally left us hanging here: What are the three food items that Melanie could live on for life?

      1. Phew, I’m glad we cleared that up, I was dying! 🙂 Those are good choices, but if I had to choose just one green for the rest of time it would probably be kale. Or chard. Or dandelion greens. 🙂

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