Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bowtie Pasta with Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This pasta recipe is quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious. The subtle tang of the sun-dried tomatoes beautifully compliments the earthiness of the chickpeas, pasta, and parsley.

It's made from ingredients that I usually have on hand, so it's one of my favorites to serve unexpected dinner guests.


1/2 pound dried bowtie/butterfly pasta (farfalle)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained but not rinsed
3 tablespoons oil-packed-dried tomatoes, cut into julienne strips
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian flat-leaf parsley)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Add the garlic, along with the red pepper flakes (if using). Saute for a minute or two, until the garlic is fragrant. Do not let the garlic burn.

Add the pasta, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, and parsley to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Saute for 3-5 minutes, until heated through.

-- 4 servings

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