Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pasta with Spiced Chickpeas and Whipped Feta


The idea for this dish started with a Greek whipped feta recipe we discovered.  The feta is creamed with olive oil and lemon juice, and typically used as a dip or appetizer.  Here we use whipped feta as the "sauce" for a pasta with spiced chickpeas.  The flavors are distinctly Mediterranean, but unusual at the same time.

Pasta with Spiced Chickpeas and Whipped Feta

Pasta with Spiced Chickpeas

3             cups        chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/2       cups        tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
3                            garlic cloves, minced
2             Tbs         fresh mint, finely chopped
1/4          cup         olive oil
1              lb           dried rigatoni pasta
                              sea salt and black pepper

Whipped Feta


1/2           lb           feta, crumbled
                              juice of 1/2 lemon
3              Tbs        olive oil
1/2            tsp        black pepper

Procedure
  1. Combine chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, mint, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Let sit at least one hour at room temperature.
  2. Make Whipped Feta by combining all the ingredients in food processor until smooth and creamy.  Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta.  Drain and toss with a small amount of olive oil.  Top with spiced chickpeas, then a big dollop of whipped feta.  Eat while pasta is still hot.

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13 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious! Nice picture too!

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  2. I saw this today and thought how perfectly the whipped feta would go with a green veggie soup, like this Brussels sprouts soup. Delicious idea. Frothy feta cheese just sounds so wonderful.

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  3. delish..and so flavorful.and light!

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  4. I'm loving rigatoni at the moment- I've never even heard of whipped feta until now but it sounds like it would compliment pasta perfectly! Happy New Year to you all! :D x

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  5. The whippped feta sounds lovely. Happy New Year!

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  6. I am a big fan of Feta (especially made with sheep milk). I've never tried it whipped before. This looks delicious. Best Wishes for the New Year!

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  7. This looks wonderful -- and I love the idea of whipped feta. Yum.

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  8. This sounds and looks fabulous!

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  9. I'm still catching up with my inbox, but I am so glad I saw this. LOVE the whipped feta!

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  10. Now this is wonderful! I've never made pasta with chickpeas OR whipped Feta! Definitely a must-try for me next time! Like Trix, I'm also catching up on my inbox. Happy new Year!

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  11. This looks like a real winner! Gotta try it soon. Thanks.

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