I am loving these videos by Chef A because I’m getting ideas for using ingredients in ways I’ve never used them before. Last week, I made the quinoa with sautéed mushrooms and onions from one of her earlier videos, and it was delicious. My husband and I both enjoyed it as a side dish, and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

This week Chef A is making chick pea and spinach soup. Chick peas aren't the first thing I think of when I think of making a soup, but why not use chick peas? Chick peas are full of fiber and protein. Add the spinach and tomatoes that this recipe calls for, and you bump up the nutritional value of the soup with all sorts of vitamins and minerals.

The soup calls for a sprinkling of Aleppo pepper. I’ve never heard of this spice before, but I did a little research and it’s a dried, granulated spice made from Aleppo peppers that is usually produced in Syria. According to gourmetsleuth.com, if you don’t have Aleppo pepper you can substitute a mixture of 4 parts sweet paprika and 1 part cayenne pepper.  

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time:40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can chick peas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (mixed with italian seasoning)
  • 1 potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 tsp aleppo pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • basil and parmesan cheese (for garnish)
Cooking directions
  1. Sautee the diced onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes
  2. Add the garlic to the onions and sautee for 30 seconds
  3. Add the can of chick peas to the pot along with the diced tomatoes and potato
  4. Add the aleppo pepper and the chicken (or vegetable) stock to the vegetables
  5. Let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes
  6. Add the spinach about 2-3 minutes before you're ready to serve the soup, stir the spinach into the soup so that it wilts
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Ladle the soup into a bowl and add some fresh basil and parmesan cheese for garnish, enjoy!

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Chef A's chick pea and spinach soup
Chef A's soup this week is full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals - all you need for a nutritious meal and it takes less than 30 minutes to make.