Note: Soy sauce can contain gluten; check the label if you need this recipe to be gluten-free. Worcestershire sauce is not vegetarian; it contains anchovies.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- 2 large, thick carrots (12 ounces), in 1/4-inch slices
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6 ounces or 2 large portobello mushrooms, in generous 1/2-inch slices
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 3 to 4 cups mushroom or vegetable stock
- 1/3 cup red wine or sherry vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire or soy sauce
- 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and add onion; cook 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Add the carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook for 2 more minutes, until they begin to glisten. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add tomato paste and brown sugar and cook until well-incorporated, 3 minutes. Add 3 cups stock, vinegar, Worcestershire or soy sauce, chickpeas, and bay leaf and bring to a simmer with another teaspoon of kosher salt and more ground pepper.
Once simmering, either cover tightly with a lid or pour into your baking dish and cover with a lid or tightly with foil and transfer to oven. Braise chickpeas and vegetables for 90 minutes, checking at the 1 hour mark to make sure the chickpeas haven’t absorbed all of the broth (and adding the remaining 1 cup broth if so). Remove from oven, discard bay leaf, and adjust seasonings to taste.
Do ahead: Braised chickpeas will keep in the fridge for 4 days, and for a month or longer in the freezer. Reheat at 350 degrees.