Wipe out the saucepan used to cook the chickpeas and add 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves and crushed red pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the chickpeas and cook over moderate heat until very tender, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.