In yesterday’s post we suggested building a meal into your weekly menu that you could make with your eyes closed since you’ve made it a hundred times. We also suggested including a meal that is quick and easy so you can keep the stress level low at dinner time. For us, Chickpea Pasta is the way to go!! We saw this recipe in an issue of Real Simple and have been making it for years, but somehow it still delights us with how incredibly delicious it is!! Another bonus with this recipe is that it’s made with mostly pantry items so we usually have everything on hand. Oh, and everything is made in one pot so clean up is a snap! Have we won you over yet?! Warning: we were skeptics at first wondering how this could be a satisfying dinner. Do not fear. It never disappoints!!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
12 ounces whole wheat angel hair pasta
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup roasted sliced almonds
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute (do not let it brown). Add the broth, red pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broth is nearly absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and almonds before serving.
You have to try this recipe!!! Cooking the pasta in the broth infuses it with soooo much flavor! It’s just so much fun to slurp! We also love to put a little fresh cracked black pepper right on top of the big pile of pasta and usually serve it with something green. (Steamed broccoli, green beans, asparagus or salad) Light, healthy, easy and super tasty. Consider yourself very lucky if you have leftovers. Let me tell you…it’s even better for lunch the next day! The starches from the pasta make it all creamy and comforting. It’s a winner!!!
What’s your go-to meal at your house?