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.


    Brando P 3 days 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 6 days 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 7 days 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.
    Great recipe. My 15-year-old son made it for the family for dinner. It was delicious!
    Darryl 9 days ago
    Made it with rice. Perfect!
    Julia Doherty 12 days ago
    Great but definitely need to sub out some lemon and maybe some of the tomatoes mine turned out a little too watery
    Walthall 14 days ago
    soooo good! i used half a lemon based on reviews.
    Rachael 15 days 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 16 days ago
    My meat-loving husband gave two thumbs up! I think this is a new staple!
    Rhiannon 17 days 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 18 days 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 19 days 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 19 days ago
    Very good! We added our own chicken tenders and it was a nice touch!
    S H L 2020 20 days ago
    This is plane dull and not worth cooking
    JEET J 23 days ago
    great, however a bit bland!
    susan a month 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
    Becky a month ago
    It turned out amazing! It tastes so good and was super easy to make. I'm definitely making this recipe a weekly staple!
    Courtney Grady a month ago
    Loved it. My boyfriend said too much zest, but he zested the lemon HARD so the actual recipe would be quite good.
    Jay a month ago
    🥰 so good! I added mushroom in the sautee and served a top of avocado😋
    Meredith Kenyon 2 months ago
    This is SO good and easy
    Latoya Mullins 2 months ago
    Love this recipe! My husband and kids loved it too, said it tasted like it was from Olive Garden! We added slices of grilled chicken and some spaghetti noodles. It was a tasty meal!
    Tanner Ott 2 months ago
    Really good! I only had goat cheese handy. I used that after the braising and laid it on top If you don’t have feta, and only soft cheese. Put your cheese on the sauce when plating it . It melts in and adds to it. Don’t do it when braising though
    Tmara Johnson 2 months ago
    loved it- super easy
    Laura Ciotoli 2 months ago
    so delicious! My husband and i both enjoyed this meal and ate the leftovers for lunch today...equally as good as it was right out of the oven.
    Krystal S. 2 months ago
    Great recipe! Added mushrooms and cooked longer till the sauce thickened to our liking and served with garlic bread. Next time will definitely eat with bread bowl.
    Al bo 2 months ago
    Ok. I added 2 fresh tomatoes, chinese cabbage and white cabbage for extra veg. Also added greek herbs as otherwise too tateless. Added tin of tomato blokjes and pot of tomato sauce, served on raw spinach with bread.
    Nick 2 months ago
    My girlfriend really liked it but it was too lemony for my taste
    Nikki Hutson 2 months ago
    It was OK... Bit bland...
    David White 2 months ago
    Great. I served it over crumbly biscuits. Kind of went aggressive with the lemon zest and I was not sorry.