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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. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Brittany Conerly.


  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (plus more for serving)
  • 5 oz. baby spinach
  • 24 oz. 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 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 8 oz. feta cheese (block, cut into large pieces)
  • crusty bread (for serving)
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    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. In an ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic. Add in 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and the spinach. Sauté until the spinach has wilted. Transfer spinach to a plate and set aside.
    3. Add the marinara to the skillet along with the whole tomatoes, chickpeas, kosher salt, and lemon zest and juice. Cook for 5 minutes until a simmer is reached. Remove from heat and set the pieces of feta cheese in the sauce.
    4. Place skillet in preheated oven and cook until the cheese softens, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and tuck spinach into sauce.
    5. Serve with additional crumbled feta, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and a nice crusty piece of bread.
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    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.


    Yummly User 9 days ago
    Switched it marinara with vodka sauce. Very good.
    Yummly User a month ago
    Turned out very well. A big hit here. My husband had it for breakfast the next day with an egg on top.
    Yummly User 2 months ago
    so delicious that i am making again!
    Yummly User 2 months ago
    Going on my list of favourites added some cumin just because I love it
    Yummly User 3 months ago
    I added 1 cup chicken bouillon to make it a little less thick. I also added Italian seasoning to make it taste like an Italian vegetable soup. Yummy!
    Yummly User 4 months ago
    I don't like feta so I tried it with goat cheese and it was awesome! Ate it with a baguette on the side... easy, quick, super tasty!
    Yummly User 5 months ago
    used cherry tomatoes, was very yummy 😋😋😋
    Yummly User 5 months ago
    The marinara was too much, and the feta cheese sorta ruined it for me. Next time i will reduce the marinara and omit the feta
    Yummly User 5 months ago
    I liked it, but I would make the recipe call for crushed tomatoes and not whole tomatoes (roughly crushed). I should have drained the tomato can as well, it was overwhelming with all of the marinara too.
    Yummly User 6 months ago
    This turned out great. Very tasty! I would suggest actually adding the spinach in before putting the dish in the oven. Also, I added a lot more chili flakes to give it some extra kick. Everyone was happy with this meal and it makes great leftovers. Yum!
    Yummly User 6 months ago
    I love making this over and over.
    Yummly User 6 months ago
    I skipped the oven, because I didn't have a skillet that could be put in oven and was too lazy to transfer. Turned out great anyway!
    Yummly User 7 months ago
    So good! Quick and easy, didn’t even get to have any leftovers!
    Yummly User 7 months ago
    Make this, it’s freakin’ awesome!
    Yummly User 8 months ago
    It was okay, nothing special.
    Yummly User 8 months ago
    I used half the amount of marinara, and used diced tomatoes instead of whole peeled tomatoes. went really light on lemon juice as well. it was good, even better on bread. but it was a little too acidic
    Yummly User 8 months ago
    I like to double the feta to make it a bit more substantial, and I just use diced tomatoes instead if whole tomatoes. This is definitely a weeknight staple!
    Yummly User 9 months ago
    we really liked this. mine was lemony in a good way. broke up whole tomatoes a little bit. served with bread as suggested.
    Yummly User 9 months ago
    Delicious and so simple!
    Yummly User 9 months ago
    good no modifications
    Yummly User 9 months ago
    The recipe turned out well, but there are ingredients in the directions that aren't listed under ingredients so that was frustrating. It was tasty though!
    Yummly User 9 months ago
    Dylan’s favorite! Note to self: double it!
    Yummly User 10 months ago
    The flavor was spot on and did not find the dish acidic in the least. Made it as a side dish for a family of five and all enjoyed it immensely. I let the tomato mixture reduce a bit more than directed and it thickened up nicely before hitting the oven.
    Yummly User 10 months ago
    Really good great for cold and hot wheather
    Yummly User 10 months ago
    Turns out perfectly every time we add mushrooms and put spinach in closer to the end
    Yummly User a year ago
    It was a tomatoey gloppy, mess. The tomatoes were too strong, the cheese helped but not much and the chickpeas and spinach were just fillers. I ate half a plate and threw the rest away and I hate throwing away good fod.
    Yummly User a year ago
    This was way too acidic, even after I added my own sugar. The amount of lemon juice, zest, marinara, and canned tomatoes added makes the consistency too thin while creating a sauce that has far too much acidity. If you have GERD or heartburn of any kind, this is essentially inedible. Placing the pan into the oven for 10 minutes only warms the tops of the feta chunks and seems like a redundant step in this recipe.
    Yummly User a year ago
    This was delicious. I think when we make this again we will add more chickpeas and spinach but overall was excellent.
    Yummly User a year ago
    More of a tomato soup.
    Yummly User a year ago
    Delicious! Left out the zest as I saw other people saying the lemon flavour was very strong.