Braised Chickpeas with Tomato, Spinach, and Feta Recipe | Yummly

Braised Chickpeas with Tomato, Spinach, and Feta

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Big chunks of salty feta cheese bake in a spinach-and-chickpea laced tomato sauce for the ultimate 20-minute Meatless Monday meal. Recipe and photo by Brittany Conerly.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (1 can is 14.5 oz.; roughly crushed)
  • 1 can chickpeas (1 can is 15 oz.; drained)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 8 ounces feta cheese (block, cut into large pieces)
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    1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. In a skillet over medium-heat, add the olive oil and garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic. Add in the red pepper flakes and spinach. Sauté until the spinach has wilted.
    3. Add in the marinara, Roma tomatoes, chickpeas, and kosher salt along with the zest and juice of the lemon. Cook for 5 minutes until a simmer is reached. Remove from heat and place the blocks of feta cheese into the sauce. Place skillet in preheated oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
    4. Serve with additional crumbled feta, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and a nice crusty piece of bread.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium76% DV1830mg
    Fat35% DV23g
    Protein29% DV15g
    Carbs15% DV46g
    Fiber36% DV9g
    Calories430Calories from Fat210
    Total Fat23g35%
    Saturated Fat9g45%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat210
    Total Carbohydrate46g15%
    Dietary Fiber9g36%
    Vitamin A80%
    Vitamin C50%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Jayne 7 hours ago
    It was lovely - maybe a little less lemon juice next time.
    AmCo Eddenfield 6 days ago
    It was good, but really acidic with all of the tomatoes and lemon. When I make this again I'm going to need to add a lot of sugar to make it less tart. The flavors otherwise were great!
    Crystal M. 6 days ago
    Husband and son loved it. served with sourdough bread and a small serving of egg noodles after I saw how saucy it was. Followed other reviews and doubled the spinach and added mushrooms. pretty versatile dish to add other things to make it your own.
    LT 14 days ago
    excellent recipe! hearty and zesty. we used half of a lemon for juice and zest, doubled the spinach. Very very tasty with crusty baguette! recommended to slice your feta block thin. thank you for this amazing recipe!
    Veta Wagar 14 days ago
    This dish was fun. My kids weren’t crazy about it but did try it, and were interested in the feta. I used a very large lemon so in the future I’d use half of that much zest and juice. I’d have enjoyed 2-3 times the amount of feta. I added mushrooms which was a really good call, I liked them! I wish the crusty bread had been in the ingredients list because it’s a crucial part of this really, but fortunately we could make do by toasting sliced sourdough.
    Bernie C. 16 days ago
    Very tasty. I used it as a sauce for some vegetarian meatballs.
    Sharolyn Crum 23 days ago
    Turned out great! Will add more spinach next time I make it. My daughter and I both liked the lemony taste.
    Paradise A. 23 days ago
    Really delicious! A total crowd pleaser and ate it with toasted sourdough! My whole family loved it! I did swap out the feta for mozzarella and used Rotel in place of the canned tomatoes (just what I had in the pantry). I did use less lemon juice after reading the reviews as well. And I should note it was super day to make, especially on a day I really didn’t feel like cooking! I highly recommend it! But be careful if you have a sensitive stomach because it does have high fiber and can be heavy on the GI
    Mary 25 days ago
    Very tasty. All you need is a good loaf of bread for dipping.
    Ridge Carpenter a month ago
    Wife was obsessed with this dish! We cooked off a lot of the sauce though, otherwise it would’ve been way too much!
    SunshineK a month ago
    Too lemony. Flavors just ok. My family voted no repeat
    KH a month ago
    Served over egg noodles. Amazing dinner if you’re a lemon fan. Easy to add cooked chicken breast or shrimp if you want additional protein
    I did 2x cans of chickpeas 2x cans of tomatoes Added mushrooms 1x caned corn 1x caned mixed beans Bit of Tabasco sauce And a bag of beef ravioli
    Brando P a month ago
    Really tasty and so easy to make. I doubled the chickpea quantity and bread is a must to go with it. Added a bit more chili flakes for extra flavour too
    Jill 2 months ago
    First thing I made from Yummly, and it was AMAZING! I am a very new cook. (literally I didn't know if this would be a side dish or the main meal!) I still can't believe I made something that tastes this good! I made another Yummly Recipe the next night! This site has so many things that I have been looking for for years! Thank you Yummly!! (And I would eat this as the main dish anyday.) <3
    Kylie 2 months ago
    I like that they used whole cans of ingredients. It’s also really simple to make. It’s more soupy than l expected to be but other than that l liked it.
    Tara Smith Carrin 2 months ago
    Great recipe. My 15-year-old son made it for the family for dinner. It was delicious!
    Darryl 2 months ago
    Made it with rice. Perfect!
    Julia Doherty 2 months ago
    Great but definitely need to sub out some lemon and maybe some of the tomatoes mine turned out a little too watery
    Walthall 2 months ago
    soooo good! i used half a lemon based on reviews.
    Rachael 2 months ago
    This was really good! The only thing I did differently was add brown sugar to taste (to even out the acidity), nix the lemon juice and only used the zest, and used canned diced tomatoes. Served over bread but would be great with noodles, too!
    Adaline Harbert 2 months ago
    My meat-loving husband gave two thumbs up! I think this is a new staple!
    Rhiannon 2 months ago
    Not bad but not that great. Also, way too much lemon, we took the advice of a reviewer and only used half the lemon and it was still too lemony.
    Not bad but I recommend some broccoli or cauliflower. Also, use only half a lemon.
    Christine 2 months ago
    So, so good!! I added onion, green pepper & mushrooms. Also a Mediterranean spice blend because a few comments stated it tasted bland. Thank you for this tasty recipe!
    D 2 months ago
    This was absolutely delicious. I will definitely make this again. I wish the "crusty bread to serve" had made it into the ingredients list and therefore my shopping list because then it would have been perfect.
    Melissa Inacio 2 months ago
    Very good! We added our own chicken tenders and it was a nice touch!
    S H L 2020 2 months ago
    This is plane dull and not worth cooking
    JEET J 2 months ago
    great, however a bit bland!
    susan 2 months ago
    Loved this, I replaced the spinach with frozen green beans and served with brown rice. Will definitely make again, and its a great winter meal