Spinach and Chickpeas With Bacon

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

I love this super-fast and easy side, which is adapted from Gourmet. It is also good with a little cumin added, and will handle a larger amount of spinach as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces and cook in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until browned; leave bacon in skillet and spoon off all but 1 tablespoon fat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, chickpeas, and red pepper flakes; saute over high heat, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas begin to brown (3-4 minutes).
  3. Stir in spinach and garlic and saute', stirring, until spinach is wilted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil.
Most Helpful

Loved this side dish! I reduced the bacon and oil and don't think it suffered any loss of flavor or texture. Just delicious, even got my 11 year old non-spinach-lover to dig right in! Great!

vrvrvr February 19, 2013

I've made this a few times now and my whole family loves it! It's an easy and delicious way to get a load of vitamins.

mandyslaughter January 06, 2012

Great dish. Had it in a sandwich with garlic and herb cheese and soft, white bread. Yum! :)

Chef Doo March 23, 2010