Smoky Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Sausage & Cashew Cream

Smoky Chickpea StewCongratulations to Dena B. for snagging a fabulous Vegan Cuts Snack Box!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Virtual Vegan Potluck blog to enter.  It was our most popular giveaway yet!

Here’s an über simple, spicy bean stew that is perfect for a quick lunch or weeknight meal.  I served mine over a thick slice of toast and topped it with cilantro and a garlicky cashew cream.


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Smoky Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Sausage & Cashew Cream

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  • Author: Annie



Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 23 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4+ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 15 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 link spicy vegan sausage (such as Field Roast’s Mexican Chipotle sausage), chopped
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp. dry sherry, optional
  • generous squirt of fresh lemon juice
  • 4 slices thick, crusty bread – preferably garlic bread – toasted
  • cilantro, for garnish


Make the cream

  1. Rinse and drain the cashews and put into a blender along with the other ingredients. Process until very smooth – give it a minute or two. Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside.

Make the stew

  1. In a medium-sized pot, saute the garlic and onion in a little bit of the vegetable broth until tender. Stir in the paprika and cook for about 1 minute. Add the 1/4 broth, white wine and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and add the garbanzo beans. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  2. A few minutes before the stew is finished, toast the bread.
  3. Stir in the chorizo and spinach, cover and cook for a few minutes to allow the spinach to wilt. Remove from the heat and stir in the sherry and lemon juice.
  4. Divide the toast among four bowls and ladle with the stew. Garnish with chopped cilantro and big dollops of the cashew cream.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 792
  • Sugar: 18
  • Sodium: 654
  • Fat: 29
  • Saturated Fat: 6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 102
  • Protein: 34
  • Cholesterol: 10


Smoky Chickpea Stew

56 thoughts on “Smoky Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Sausage & Cashew Cream

  1. Shira

    Looks (and sounds) wonderful Annie! I’ve never used veggie sausage before – I might see if I can find this for the hubby…yup he’s requesting lighter fare these days and its awesome 🙂 What a hardy looking meal!

  2. Angela @ Canned Time

    What a tasty combination. I have to try your Cashew Cream instead of paying $3 bucks for Toffuti. I haven’t tried faux sausage but the Chickpea combo makes it yet another “to try soon” item on my list from you 🙂 Love the blue and pink 😉

  3. narf77

    I had best head off to Vegan dads for a good sausage recipe before the site disappears! This one looks like a winner Annie and most definately a quick Sunday tea come winter 🙂

  4. Becky

    Wow, I have almost everything this recipe calls for in my pantry right now! Sounds like a perfect stew for the cold snap we’re having here in Atlanta.

  5. Rachel in Veganland

    What a lovely looking stew! Chickpeas are probably my favorite legumes, and the way you’ve flavored them and added the cashew cream on top looks fantastic! I also love that you’re looking back to yesteryear with your “This day last year” additions! It’s great to look back and see what you’ve done before!!! Excellent idea!

  6. biggsis

    I have been so busy with school and everything else that I”ve been saving this post because the title itself was enough to get me drooling. This sounds heavenly – bunches of my favorite things. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Somer

    I could really tuck into that! As always your presentation is fantastic. I love how quickly this comes together too, I’m always on the lookout for new quick week night meals. My family would adore this 🙂

  8. biggsis

    Had to come back and tell you just how much my whole family enjoyed this! It was fabulous! The GF diner in the family ate it over rice (as did I the next day) and this was delicious as well. Thank you!

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