Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti Alla Ceci

Somehow, this weekend we had heavy red meat dishes three days in a row.  So by Monday, I was more than ready for a meatless meal!  For inspiration, I scanned some old recipe books and came across a loved but forgotten recipe for spaghetti with chickpeas in Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals.  I didn't have all of the ingredients but it provided a great starting off point for a great pasta dinner, with a little more of a Greek flair than the original.

Here is the original recipe, which is wonderful.  

Here is my adaptation:

1 lb thin spaghetti
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rough chopped in the food processor
2T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1T herbes de Provence
1/2 T oregano (just a shake or two)
Black pepper
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
Small handful kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
Crumbled feta cheese

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook spaghetti.  While spaghetti is cooking, preheat a large skillet to medium high with olive oil.  Add chickpeas and saute for a few minutes.  Add onion, olives, garlic, and herbs.  Stir and cook a bit longer or until onions start to color.  De-glaze with chicken stock and reduce down for a minute or two.  Add tomatoes, turn heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or so.  Drain spaghetti and toss in sauce with parsley and cheese.  For an extra Greek twist, add some crumbled feta on top.  Mmmm...this was such a yummy and simple meal, light and hearty at the same time!

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