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Chickpea and Spinach Soup with Pork Hocks

Easy Chickpea and Spinach Soup with Pork Hocks

This soup is easy to make, and full of flavor. Add or subtract some ingredients – personalize it a bit to suit your own taste buds!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Smoked Pork Hocks about 1.5 pounds total, cleaned
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp Haitian Epis or Green Seasoning
  • ½ cup red bell pepper
  • 1 ts smoked paprika
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp whole celery seeds
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 8 cups chicken broth low-sodium
  • 30 ounces chickpeas cans drained
  • 2 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup carrot diced or cut into thin slices

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients except for the chickpeas, spinach, and carrot in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours or until the pork hocks are tender.
    Chickpea and Spinach Soup with Pork Hocks
  • When finished cooking, stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook for another 30 - 45 minutes on high or until spinach is wilted and the carrots slices are still crunchy. Serve hot.
    Chickpea and Spinach Soup with Pork Hocks

Notes

  • The size of the smoked pork hock bone or the amount of meat on the bone can add more or less flavor. Use smoked pork hocks if you can; if not, fresh pork hocks will also work, but you will need to adjust the seasoning.
  • The cooking time for the pork hocks will differ because of the size.
  • If you want to add a few drops of lemon juice to the soup, add the drops at the last 10 - 15 minutes of cooking. This ingredient is not a must to use. Some people like a bit of acidity in their soup, which is a great way to get it. But don't forget that the Epis had some acidity as well.
  • Leftover ham works beautifully in this recipe. You will have to reduce the cooking time.
  • Want to use dried chickpeas instead of canned, don't worry. Add the dried peas with the meat and seasoning and cook for 7-9 hours on low heat or 4 - 5 hours on high heat. (cooking time will also depend on your slow cooker temperature.)
  • If using dried chickpeas, the mixture will be slightly creamy.
  • For a thicker soup, add more chickpeas, spinach, and carrot.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword carrot, low sodium chicken broth, pork hocks, slow cooker recipes, spinach
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