The fact that it’s taken me almost 10 years to find a new version of shakshuka to fuss over, is as much a testament to the superbness of the classic as it is a compliment to these new additions. Shakshuka, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is a North African dish, largely Tunisian, of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s also one of the most beloved recipes in the Smitten Kitchen archives, right up there with broccoli slaw and my mom’s apple cake, and for good reason: it’s about the highest calling of eggs-for-dinner I’ve found, and I think we know how hard I’ve studied this category. This recipe takes it a step further into the realm of a stew, with chickpeas and kale, and it comes from a wonderful book out this past spring, Family, by Hetty McKinnon.
McKinnon got her start in Sydney, Australia almost 10 years ago with a salad-delivery service she ran out of her home kitchen and biked the deliveries around town, which sounds amazing right now, doesn’t it? Now in Brooklyn, she co-founded Neighborhood Studio, a communal cooking space. Family, her third cookbook, focuses on vegetarian comfort food with an eye towards the daily ritual of cooking, however your family might look, and it might be my favorite yet. It’s incredibly down-to-earth about weeknight cooking; you get the sense that these are recipes that have really worked for her family while keeping the people who cook from finding it a drag. I’ve made the spinach and halloumi gozleme, the cacio e pepe broccoli with white beans (I mean, talk about all of my favorite food words in one title), I’m eager to try the tofu larb, but this, this is the dish I’ve now made three times since May and don’t expect to stop any time soon. It’s hearty and comforting, so perfect for this first day that really feels like fall.
Six months ago: Essential French Onion Soup and Cannelini Aglio e Olio
One year ago: Crispy Spinach Pizza
Two years ago: Pizza Beans and Chocolate Tahini Challah Buns
Three years ago: Homemade Merguez with Herby Yogurt and Magic Apple Plum Cobbler
Four years ago: The Perfect Manhattan, Broccoli Cheddar Soup and S’more Cupcakes
Five years ago: Latke Waffles and The Crispy Egg
Six years ago: Frico Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Seven years ago: Crackly Banana Bread and Spaghetti with Broccoli Cream Pesto
Eight years ago: Apple Pie Cookies
Nine years ago: Single-Crust Apple and Crumb Pie
Ten years ago: Date Spice Loaf and Lebanese-Style Stuffed Eggplant
Eleven years ago: Summer’s Last Hurrah Panzanella, Sweet and Sour Glazed Cippoline, Majestic and Moist Honey Cake, and Best Challah (Egg Bread)
Twelve years ago: Red Velvet Cake, Noodle Kugel, Spaghetti Fideos with Chorizo and Almonds and Couscous and Feta-Stuffed Peppers
Thirteen years ago: Acorn Squash with Chile-Lime Vinaigrette
Chickpea and Kale Shakshuka
- Olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 a jalapeño pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 15-ounce cans cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed (about 3 1/2 cups)
- 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1 3/4 cups)
- 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable broth or stock
- 4 ounces kale, stems removed (I use a package from the salad greens section)
- 1 cup (150 grams) feta, crumbled
- 4 to 6 large eggs (shown with 6)
- 1 tablespoon za’atar
- Handful of mint leaves, chopped
- Toasted pita wedges, to serve (optional)
- Dollops of plain Greek yogurt, to serve (optional)
To serve, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with za’atar and mint, and serve with pita wedges and plain yogurt, if you wish.
* I’m using this pot, the pan that’s gotten the most use in my kitchen for the last five years.
** The trickiest part of any baked egg dish is getting the eggs exactly right, neither undercooked or hard-boiled. I vote for checking them as often as needed and rotating the pan as needed to avoid a hot spot ruining a single egg. Most importantly, ask yourself: Am I eating this the second it comes off the stove or 10 or even 20 minutes later? If so, you can take them off ever-so-slightly wiggly in the whites because they’ll continue to set as the pan rests.
101 comments on chickpea and kale shakshuka
Looks delicious – one question, though. From the photos, it looks like the chickpeas go in just before the greens, but the instructions omit them. Definitely adding this to the fall foods list.
Whoops — now fixed. They go in with the tomatoes.
I have Tuscan kale in the fridge I would like to use in this recipe- does anyone see any benefit in giving the kale the full deafen, chop, massage, rinse, dry treatment to reduce bitterness? Or should I just go with chop and throw in the mix?
Chop & throw in! I regularly sub Tuscan kale In soup recipes – might need a few extra minutes to fully soften but no need to do anything extra.
Delicious, I didn’t use the Feta, (I don’t eat cheese) . Yummy for leftovers.too!
I made this today for lunch and it was absolutely delicious!!! Amazing flavour and pretty easy. Thank you again for a great recipe.
Looks great! I’ll definitely try this although I’m not a fan of anything that runs out of a cooked egg. I’ll be hard boiling mine… sacrilege maybe, but I just cannot do rare.
same, in my shakshuka I like to cook it a minute or two longer so the yolks are just set — it’s SO good!
I’m going to try it with scrambled up in a bowl eggs……I can’t stand runny eggs either. Should result in softly cooked eggs.
My husband’s favorite meal is shakshuka at any time of day, and he’s loathe to change it up, though he *did* love your recent crisped chickpeas and herbs with yogurt. At what point do you add the chickpeas?
I keep telling myself I am going to make this dish and I never do but the chick peas might have finally tipped the scales. Everyone in my house is obsessed with them.
This sounds delicious. I (sadly) can’t eat eggs. While I know eggs play a starring role in this recipe, I’d still like to try it without them – would you substitute anything or just omit them?
I did a quick skim – there’s recipes out there with lemon tofu, unseasoned tofu, creamed corn dumplings… I personally would just skip the eggs. With chickpeas you already have an amazingly delicious stew that includes greens and proteins!
Thank you Laura! I will give it a try without 😊
I’m here to report that the stew portion does in fact freeze beautifully! The Trader Joe’s by me actually sells a frozen “Shakshuka Starter” that is a godsend of “what should I make for dinner tonight” frozen wonder.
My son and I LOVE that Shakshuka starter! I’m hoping to find a recipe that tastes similar, then I will make a giant pot of it and freeze it in muffin tins so I can have my own starters in the freezer at all times.
I made this for dinner tonight. The adults loved it and surprisingly so did my 1 year old! I never dreamed that one of my kids would touch a chickpea, thanks for the great recipe!
Of course, I couldn’t wait another day before making this, which meant I didn’t quite have all the necessary ingredients on hand. I subbed one can of chickpeas for black beans, and the kale for about a pound of cooked broccoli. Even with the modifications, this was outstanding!! Simple, delicious, warming, and SO flavorful. Served with toasted whole-grain pitas and scarfed it down. Thank you for yet another (vegetarian!) great weeknight recipe!
Perfect timing! Volleyball game, soccer practice, oodles of time in rush hour traffic, this recipe was easy to shop for, easy to prepare and FAST! The best part…wait for it….EVERYONE LOVED IT!!! Thank you ! Hoping to commit it to memory before too long (I know, wishful thinking).
Does anyone know where the pictured single-burner gas cook top is from? I’m currently operating with a plug-in induction cook top that cooks unevenly and is lacking in firepower – would love to make this delicious looking shakshuka with a similar setup!
Deb! Typo in this sentence between “dish” and what should be “with”:
“Sprinkle eggs with additional salt and pepper, and whole dishw ith feta”
PS I just got your cookbook and am super excited!
Thanks, now fixed. Hope you love it.
The Za’atar–which brand do you use, as they are all different?
Which brand of za’atar do you use, as they are all different?
We made this last night, but subbed thinly slice zucchini for the kale (because our fridge is apparently still growing them) and one full serrano pepper for the jalapeno (because we’re crazy). It was delicious and totally doable on a weeknight! I loved that the chickpeas made it more hearty and filling than typical shakshuka. Definitely adding to our rotation (:
I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious! It came together quickly and was forgiving when our timing was a little delayed. I even accidentally overcooked the eggs but it was no bother — still delicious! Thank you!
Thanks for the recipe. We had a middle eastern restaurant owned by a well known chef in my city that served a delicious red and also green shakshuka for breakfast. I think the green was my fave. Sadly they closed a few months ago.
Recipe looks good but canned tomatoes? Shakshuka MUST have fresh tomatoes or it is tomatoe sauce in my part of the world. Now canned chickpeas, you can get away with this, but since Americans are so proud of their insta pots, where a pressure cooker would do, why not have fresh cooked. You can cook 4 pounds at once and freeze portions.
Love your blog, I have been a fan for about 10 years and you are a go to for every recipe I look for.
In Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Jerusalem (where he grew up) he says using canned tomatoes is fine.
Fresh ripe tomatoes are wonderful but not always available and Marcella Hazan said if that’s the case it’s better to used good Italian canned tomatoes instead of inferior tomatoes.
I wouldn’t say I’m “proud” of my instant pot lol. All I know is that Instagram has nothing to do with instant pot so therefore it’s not instapot as some people are so proud to call it. It’s instant pot, the same three syllables as the silly shortcut. It’s my first ever pressure cooker. My mom never used one. IP is a great machine and I use it practically every day, mostly for heating up leftovers but also for plenty of cooking, of course. All that cooking results in tons of reheating so, therefore, IP is a permanent counter fixture.
I would love to make this, but I would be the only one eating it in my family. Kale and chickpeas are not favorites with my kids. And my husband can’t stand “yolky” eggs – whereas, I think a yolky egg on top improves everything.
You could also try a few blobs of yogurt if you want the richness without the eggs!
This kills me! Your shakshuka post introduced me to the dish, and after making it the first time, my immediate thought was, hmm, let’s add some chickpeas and kale to round it out XD
I’ve been making it pretty much like this since then! Sometimes with a bit of butternut squash added in fall, too…
I can confirm that the stew freezes absolutely beautifully.
For anyone looking for a vegan version, thick slices of panfried tofu are great in shakshuka. I ate it this way in Israel. Can skip the feta or use a nice nut-based soft cheese.
This looks SO GOOD!! Have you tried the braised eggs with leeks and za’atar shakshuka-esque thing in Ottolenghi’s Simple? It is UNBELIEVABLY brilliant, and probably one of my very favourite dishes of this ilk. That said- this is going VERY HIGH on my to-be-made list… it looks epic.
This was SO good exactly as written… the perfect way to use our CSA provision of kale, mint, garlic, and jalapeno. Toddler approved with generous dallops of yogurt. This is going into our regular dinner rotation for sure. The only downside is that there weren’t enough leftovers for everybody to have… I’ll make a double-batch of the stew next time and freeze half of it. Thank you so much for a delicious, healthy, and easy recipe!
If I made Kale Shakshuka and “the” apple cake this weekend, is broccoli slaw now calling my name?
I SO love this comments section. :)
My two pence:
1. Re. freezing: I’ve found that keeping blocks of my favorite late-summer veggie mashup (ie. flavorful stew made from the excess of tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants and peppers that tend to appear every August or September… what here in Spain we call “pisto,” or something similar) on hand in the freezer is what keeps the eggs-for-dinner option from feeling dull and repetitive. I have no doubt whatsoever that this will have the same effect. :)
2. Green shakshuka for breakfast at a little hotel in Tel Aviv won me over for life! If anyone knows the recipe from Hotel Nordoy, I would be eternally grateful!
So sorry Kate — my previous comment wasn’t supposed to be a reply to yours!
But I think we might all agree that yes, the slaw is in the cards for you…. :)
Made this for friends dinner tonight. Easy and filling. I accidentally used a 28oz can of tomatoes instead of a 15 oz can and it was still delicious.
This looks so good! I have a feeling I’ll be making this very soon
This looks amazing, but I have a tomato allergy. Is there any chance you can recommend a substitute ingredient?
The instructions say “heat a glug (1 to 2 tablespoons) olive oil over medium heat and, once, add the onion…” and I’m not quite following. Once what? Thanks.
My guess is “once hot.”
Whoops, it should say “once hot”. (Always heat your oil!) Now fixed.
I clicked on the amazon link but wasn’t quite sure which pot you have. Is it the Staub 4 quart braiser? Thank you!!!
It is. The black one isn’t in stock right now but other colors are.
Just finished making this dish. Absolutely delicious! I have been making your shakshuka recipe for a few years and this variation is so good :)
My kids have late start on Wednesdays and weekends have become a crazy merry-go-round of sports. No more Sunday brunches, and I miss them! This was a fantastic slightly-more-involved-than-scrambled-eggs-and-toast Wednesday breakfast, and I would call it brunch-worthy. Doubling the ingredients in two pans simultaneously would feed a crowd. Also feeling smug because I used up the leftovers of another of our favorite SK recipes, Baked Chickpeas, that happens to have the same flavor profile. Win-win-win.
Great posts. We eat chickpeas a lot and I’ve been on the lookout for some new ideas. One question though. At the moment we don’t have a lot of pans as we’ve been travelling and can’t really buy any new ones at the moment. We have a really good non stick large wok that we use for most of our cooking. Could I get away with using that for this, it’s got a large surface area and isn’t too deep as far as woks go.
I LOVE Shakshuka. I’m fortunate to live close to the Mediterranean shops in Watertown, just outside Harvard Square, so we have our picks of shakshuka, and my family still LOVED this. The one tweak I’d make is to use only one can of chickpeas, since I thought the two cans took away from the tomato-yness of this dish. I thought I might have been wrong, but then my 15 year old son said the same thing! (I just had to brag that my 15 year old loves shakshuka, haha.)
This looks fabulous – I plan to make this tonight even though I had planned to make the charred cauliflower quesadillas you posted on Instagram. It was a tough decision though :).
Any chance the recipes could print without the “Previously” list included? It isn’t relative to the print and now that we are going on thirteen years the list is quite long.
Whoops — that’s a mistake. Now fixed, thanks for the heads up.
Made this for breakfast Saturday morning. Even my husband who hates kale loved it. Going to re warm the leftover poached in simmering water x 1 minute and reheat the rest in the micro for breakfast again this am. Yum!!
I have Hetty McKinnon’s two previous books and they are both fantastic so I knew this would be a winner – and it was, delicious.
Could you substitute collard greens for kale? Or would that change the flavor too much?
I haven’t cooked with them a whole lot but if you like the flavor, I definitely think they’d work here. Just need a couple more minutes to cook.
Has anyone figured out the nutritional content of the recipe as written?
Made with the biggest bunch of kale I’ve ever seen in my life (and I live in Oregon!), and it made 6 servings using 6 eggs. Delish!
Quick. Easy. Delicious. Used chick stock because I had it and a bird’s eye chili pepper because they were home-grown. As suggested, I made it Monday up to the eggs, finished Wednesday and served over rice. Perfect for a cold, rainy fall evening!
Made this for the family last week and we gobbled it up. Will be adding it to our list of “go-to” vegetarian dishes.
I make the old shakshuka regularly and was skeptical of an update. I can gladly say after tonight’s dinner that I was wrong. This version will replace the other one on our rotation, I can tell already. This dish is cozier and more luxurious than it has any right to be. I can’t do dairy right now, so I had to pass on the feta. My compromise was to top with a crispy egg rather than the poached eggs to make it feel special. It was perfect. Thanks Deb!
You can get feta that’s made with sheep’s milk. IME much imported feta is made of sheep’s milk.
Which may be a work-around to “can’t have dairy”. Just a thought.
Made this last night. It was soooo good. I substituted a jar of roasted red peppers (minced) for the tomatoes due to my tomato allergy, and the result was still amazing. I also only used 1 can of chickpeas because the peppers don’t make enough sauce to hold 2 cans.
I made this over the weekend and it was fabulous. I added a little extra spice because that’s how we like it. We loved the za’atar.
OMG you’ve pressed all of my buttons with this delicious dish! I adore North African food and was looking for a great healthy recipe to use kale and chickpeas. Really enjoyed this recipe, which is soooo good to eat. A new family favourite. Thanks for sharing x
This was great! Quick, delicious, healthy – all those awesome weeknight cooking boxes checked! My only problem with dishes like this is that I always overcook my eggs because I’m paranoid about runny whites so I have to work on my timing with that.
Someone else called out that 2 cans of chickpeas was a bit much for them so I decided to try it out with just 1 and that was plenty for us and how I’ll continue to make it.
This was delicious! Followed all directions, save for the mint (I’m not a fan). It’s surprisingly filling, so it’s definitely appropriate for dinner.
This turned out really good. I was worried because the “base” seemed a bit bland, but the feta, za’atar and mint elevated it to deliciousness.
Had the thought to add some Aleppo pepper at the end, as the chili I used didn’t add much heat, and it worked great.
I made a batch of this to freeze–cuz, I’m eatin in for the next month at least–for obvious reason. Boy, lemme tell ya, $h!t is g00d.
I made some very minor tweaks but mostly stayed true to the recipe.
1. I made my own chickpeas using Deb’s recipe and had enough bean juice for the “1/2 cup broth or stock.” This move was super ace.
2. I used a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes. This made enough for me to have 4 equal pint jars (and a half for snacking!). I put those puppies in the freezer and will be bringing them out one at a time for making a single serving ‘shuka.
3. I kept the kale stalks and added them with onions to soften. Was delicious! Adds more nutritious!
4. I added a few dashes of sumac with all the other spices. Hella yummers. Nice tang and on brand with the rest of the regional spice palate.
5. I added two jalapeños, smallish in size instead of one half of a jalapeño. Adds some extra kick, just how I like it. also, with the extra tomatoes, it’s probably not as spicy as it would have been with just one 15 ounce can. Don’t be afraid of the spice.
I haven’t eaten the whole she-bang yet, with the egg and feta cheese and mint leaves–just the stew with pita and some Greek yogurt. But friends, even this bare-bones ‘shuka was really, very, super good!
Wow! This recipe revived me. Day 43 of quarantine, but day 50 of not having eaten out anywhere. I was getting quite tired of eating food made by me and this recipe appeared in my Instagram feed. It was just the thing, and I happened to have a bunch of fresh mint that I wanted to put to use. It’s simple to assemble for such satisfying results. I served it with Israeli couscous and toasted slices of french bread, all drizzled with olive oil. The leftovers are also delicious. Thank you!
Hi there – Made this recipe this morning and it was delicious! Thank you for posting. My husband and I loved it. Definitely a keeper. Cheryl
This was incredible. SO tasty! Made this mostly to eat leftover, so I separated out part of the stew in a smaller pan for me to enjoy with an egg, then put the rest of the stew in the fridge. I got the egg wrong, way overcooked, but it was still delicious! Happy to try again tomorrow.
This is such a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe! I’ve made it a few times. To make it easier on myself during cooking and to pack up leftovers for the next day, I cook my eggs separately. I also add smoked paprika, cayenne, and pepper flakes for heat. It’s so flavorful!
I made this for dinner tonight. I stuck to the recipe, except that I simmered the eggs longer than usual because I have a kid who doesn’t enjoy runny yolks. It received raves from the entire family from the littles to the adults. We ate it with roasted brussels sprouts with sumac and used sourdough bread for mop up (no pita in the house right now). It was perfect.
I think I’m going to make this but with fresh tomatoes instead of canned. What conversion ratio do you think I should use, and would I need to make any other changes besides letting them cook down a little longer? We have so many CSA tomatoes and I am more likely to use them for a dish than finally canning/freezing them. Thanks! Love your recipes!
They might actually cook down faster! Canned tomatoes are usually peeled and seeded. For a crushed effect, I’d pulse them in a blender or food processor until chopped very small, but not pureed. You’ll want 1 3/4 cups.
When I prepare the “stew” several hours ahead of time or for freezing, should I include the kale or wait to add the kale when I am doing the final preparation? I’m a bit leery of freezing and/or reheating the kale. Thanks.
Totally up to you — I find curly kale holds up just fine to reheating but if you’re put off by it being soft, you can wait.
Thanks, Deb, for your response. I made the dish last night. I needed to hold it for 1.5 hrs. until my husband came home from a class. In the future, I will wait to add the kale until the final cooking. We liked our supper very much, and I will make it again. I may add larger quantities of the spices toward the end of cooking.
I have followed your blog for more than 10 years, enjoyed many recipes, and recommended you to many friends. take care, Paula J.
As shakshuka, I was not impressed. BUT, I refrigerated the left over sauce and ate it cold as a chickpea salad and it was outstanding. A keeper, a repeater.
My family loved this dish! Flavorful, hearty without being heavy, healthy and EASY. We ate it last night and had no leftovers.
My week of cooking your recipes continued with this one! I made this as written, but did add a second can of tomato, because it seemed a bit bean-heavy otherwise. I used roasted tomatoes with green chilies, which might have been a bit much for spice? The whole thing was delicious though, and a great way to turn eggs into dinner! I’m thinking I’ll use some of the leftover stew tonight for a quick and spicy NYE meal.
Do the eggs have to be included? I’m allergic to eggs.
Nope. You could try it with tofu.
I love this dish – it’s part of our regular rotation. I make it with half the chickpeas and twice the tomatoes. It goes great with the yogurt flatbreads, and if you start those first, the timing works out pretty well.
i can’t believe how easy and yummy this was! the only change i made was to use 1 can of chickpeas instead of 2, which i think might have been overwhelming for us. came together in a snap and was a total crowdpleaser, thank you <3
This has become an almost-weekly dinner for my vegetarian husband and I. So easy, filling, and delicious.
I’m happy to report I made this by swapping spinach for kale (since that’s what I had) and skipping the jalapeños (because my kids won’t eat anything spicy) and it turned out great and super filling! Don’t skip adding the yogurt, olive oil, zataar, and mint at the end – these took it up a notch.
This was so delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. My husband loved it but asked that I add more kale next time. LOL. I’ll probably try 8 ounces. It reheats well too.
Hi, Deb! You say you’re using “this pot”, and there’s a link to some Staub pans, but which one? Also, if someone is not an illustrious food guru who can afford Staub, what qualities would you say to look for? Finally, I’ve been reading your site for just about all 14 years, and it’s been one of my favorites, the only one I keep coming back to. And I found you because, literally, I searched “tiny kitchen cooking”! So thanks for all the encouragement and fabulous food, especially the vegetarian recipes!
This was a huge hit. Love your recipes.
I made this tonight and it was a hit with all the family, a recipe to add to our regular repertoire. Thank you!
I have made your shakshuka and was happy to see this dinner version. I only had one can of chickpeas which seemed more than enough but just before I put the eggs in it seemed very sparse in tomatoes so I added another 15 oz can of crushed. It was perfect and delicious and I wonder if it was mistakenly written? I did use more kale than listed – it was a medium sized bunch – probably more than 4 oz.
I followed the directions, substituting 3 Serrano peppers from our garden for the jalapeño and omitting the feta because I am lactose intolerant. It was delicious! My only complaint is that there was very little sauce and A LOT of chickpeas. Next time I think I will reduce the chickpeas to 1 can. Otherwise it was fantastic!
This is so easy and so tasty. I used a cup+ of frozen chopped kale, and Rancho Gordo chickpeas I had cooked and frozen. Next time I might cutback on the amount of chickpeas – the sauce ended up quite thick. My jalapenos were not very spicy, so I added red pepper flakes.
I’ll be making this often.
I made this dish last night. It was delicious. I am wondering if there should have been 2 cans of tomatoes as opposed to one. It was very heavy on the chickpeas, yet the picture makes it look very saucy. I think next time, that’s what I will do.
We didn’t love this. I put just a little za’atar seasoning on at the end and we didn’t like it. I think it is just a flavor we don’t prefer; however, the dish was easy to make and looked beautiful!
I am not going to lie – watching my 13 year old pescatarian gobble this up was a great joy. We didn’t have feta and added bell peppers for extra veg.
Due to various constraints, I did a ton of swapping from the recipe as written including:
-a 28, instead of 15oz can of tomatoes
-accidentally added za’atar at the beginning (with the spices!…yeah)
-added about 1/4lb (100g) mushrooms when cooking the onions
-skipped the peppers, added about 1/4 tsp cayenne and definitely could have added more
-one can of chickpeas instead of two
-arugula instead of kale
-grated white cheddar instead of feta
This is wonderfully versatile and came out delicious all the same.