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Garlic and Cilantro Soup with Chickpeas (Açorda Alentejana)

20 minutes

Garlic and Cilantro Soup with Chickpeas (Açorda Alentejana)

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This soup, with its fragrant, bright green broth, is our take on Portuguese açorda alentejana. Soft-cooked eggs are a perfect garnish that also turn the soup into a complete meal. To soft-cook eggs, bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add the eggs, cover and steam over medium for 7 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice water to stop the cooking.

2 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped
1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (¼ cup), plus more to serve
1 jalapeño chili, stemmed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika, divided, plus more to serve
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
5 ounces rustic bread (such as ciabatta), sliced ½ inch thick and torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)
8 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 1/2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
2 15½-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 soft-cooked eggs, peeled (see note)
Ingredients
  • 2

    cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped

  • ½

    ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (¼ cup), plus more to serve

  • 1

    jalapeño chili, stemmed and roughly chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1

    teaspoon sweet smoked paprika, divided, plus more to serve

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • ¾
  • 5

    ounces rustic bread (such as ciabatta), sliced ½ inch thick and torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)

  • 8

    medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • quarts low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2

    15½-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 4

    soft-cooked eggs, peeled (see note)

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Garlic and Cilantro Soup with Chickpeas (Açorda Alentejana)

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4

Servings

20 minutes

Tip

Don't skimp on the olive oil in this soup. The croutons absorb oil as they toast and the broth takes on a rich, creamy texture when the pesto is stirred in.

Ingredients
  • 2

    cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped

  • ½

    ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (¼ cup), plus more to serve

  • 1

    jalapeño chili, stemmed and roughly chopped

  • 1

    tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1

    teaspoon sweet smoked paprika, divided, plus more to serve

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • ¾
  • 5

    ounces rustic bread (such as ciabatta), sliced ½ inch thick and torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)

  • 8

    medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • quarts low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2

    15½-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 4

    soft-cooked eggs, peeled (see note)

Step 1 of 3

Process the cilantro mixture

2
cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped
½
ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (¼ cup), plus more to serve
1
jalapeño chili, stemmed and roughly chopped
1
tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
½
teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
½
teaspoon kosher salt
½
teaspoon pepper
½
cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a food processor, combine the cilantro, Parmesan, jalapeño, lemon zest and juice, ½ teaspoon of the paprika, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.


Process until finely chopped, about 20 seconds, scraping the sides as needed. With the machine running, add ½ cup of the oil and process to a pesto-like consistency, 30 to 45 seconds. Set aside.

Step 2 of 3

Toast the bread

5
ounces rustic bread (such as ciabatta), sliced ½ inch thick and torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)
¼
cup extra-virgin olive oil
½
teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

In a small bowl, toss the bread with the remaining ¼ cup oil and the remaining ½ teaspoon paprika. Toast in a large Dutch oven over medium, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.


Using a slotted spoon, return the bread to the bowl, leaving excess oil in the pot; set the croutons aside.

Step 3 of 3

Add the garlic and cook

8
medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
quarts low-sodium chicken broth
2
15½-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
4
soft-cooked eggs, peeled

Set the Dutch oven over medium and add the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the broth and chickpeas and bring to a simmer over medium-high.


Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in the pureed cilantro mixture, then taste and season with salt and pepper.


Divide the croutons among 4 serving bowls. Ladle in the soup and top each with 1 egg. Sprinkle with additional paprika and Parmesan.

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