Friday, January 8, 2010

Pasta with Fresh Chickpeas and Basil Sauce

Fresh chickpeas have a familiar flavor, but taste "beanier" than canned or dried chickpeas.  They also keep their green color when cooked, making this pasta with basil sauce particularly beautiful.  This is a quick recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner, but the chickpeas and basil sauce still provide plenty of flavor.

Pasta with Fresh Chickpeas and Basil Sauce
serves 2 as entree portion


Basil Sauce

4                           garlic cloves
1/2       tsp            sea salt
4          cups          fresh basil leaves
6          Tbs           olive oil

Pasta with Fresh Chickpeas

12         oz              dried penne pasta
1 -2       oz              freshly grated parmesan cheese
2           cups           fresh chickpeas, removed from pods


  1. Puree basil, salt and garlic in food processor.  Slowly add olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  1. Boil big pot of water, add 1 Tbs sea salt.  Blanche chickpeas until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in salted boiling water.  Drain.
  3. Immediately combine pasta with basil sauce and chickpeas.  Combine well, then add 1 1/2 oz cheese and mix again.
  4. Serve warm topped with more grated cheese.
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  1. Being a fairly new gardener, it never occurred to me that you could eat the usual dried beans fresh. This sounds good.

  2. I haven't ever had a fresh chick pea, but you have just created in me an insatiable craving, blast it all!

  3. Me too - going to have to try that!

  4. Never tasted fresh chickpeas. Basil sauce is a good idea.

  5. Nope, never had them fresh. Nice to know they grow in Zone 9. Will keep it in mind.

    You're right about the color, it's gorgeous! Yum.

  6. Yum! I can smell the basil, seriously! Fresh chickpeas are going on my list for garden finds--my Stokes seed catalog awaits!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious!

  8. You know, I've never had them fresh. But come to think of it, I've seen them for sale at Fiesta fresh. Or maybe those are another bean sold fresh. I'll have to see now. Hmmm...

  9. where did you even get fresh chickpeas??? I didn't know they were green? That explains the occasional green one in the dried bean package...I always thought it was bad. haha. wow! You just taught me something new!

  10. I love chickpeas, Great lunch idea for when the girlfriends stop by!

  11. Looks like a Springtime dish...better in the middle of winter though.

  12. I'm totally digging the chickpea sauce on pasta idea! Why hadn't anyone else thought of it before?

  13. What a beautiful light green, and cheers for another little lesson in gardening!

  14. Beautiful colors! I've never had fresh chickpeas...I'll have to change that!

  15. I've also never had fresh chickpeas, they look so interesting compared to the canned yellow kind. I'll have to make sure to look for them, next time I'm at the store.

  16. Wow, congratulations on the Foodbuzz Top 9! How cool!


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