Chickpea Stew With Orzo and Mustard Greens

Kathryn shared this recipe from the New York Times back in March, when, as you do when you are a CSA member, she was “dreamin’ dreams of mustard greens”.

It’s not the same of course but you can use arugula, mizuna or kale as a substitute for mustard greens when they are out of season.

Chickpea Stew With Orzo and Mustard Greens


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil more for drizzling
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb or 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary optional
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup whole-wheat or regular orzo
  • 1 quart loosely packed baby mustard greens or spinach about 5 ounces
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Chopped scallions for garnish (optional)
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese more as needed


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, fennel or celery, and onion. Cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper and rosemary, if using, and cook another 2 minutes. Pour in the broth, if using, or water, plus an additional 2 cups water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture is boiling, add the chickpeas, tomatoes and orzo. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer 10 minutes, or until the orzo is tender. Uncover and stir in the greens, letting them simmer until soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add more water if you want the mixture to be more souplike, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with chopped scallions (if desired), grated cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.