Gluten-Free Chickpea Pesto Pasta

Happy New Year!

The new year has begun, the gyms are packed with people resolute to get in shape (at least mean is), and every one is sharing healthy recipes at the office. My problem has always been that food should not just be good for you but taste good as well.

I came up with this recipe on the fly for meatless Monday incorporating a healthy form of pasta boasting 25 grams of protein per serving called chickpea pasta. The recipe is simple, filling and tastes amazing. I will admit I was afraid the chickpea pasta would taste strange or gummy, but the end result was a healthy, delicious alternative to average pasta. I was inspired by what I had on hand in my fridge and I would encourage everyone to make alterations as needed. Part of the fun of this dish is its versatility.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 Bell pepper
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 box of chickpea pasta
  • 3 tablespoons of pesto
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 cup of greens (arugula)
  • 1 cup of parmesan

The Creation of the Gluten-Free Chickpea Pasta Pesto

  1. Heat 8 cups of salted water in a large pot.When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and stir with a fork to keep the pasta from clumping together. When the pasta is al dente remove from the stove and drain the water. Leave about half a cup to help of pasta water to form the sauce.16195278_10107582320690488_3367683612488414667_n
  2. While the pasta is cooking dice the bell pepper, shallot, tomato, and garlic.
  3. In a separate pan, add olive oil, bell pepper, shallot, and garlic to Sautee.
  4. Add the garbanzo beans and red wine vinegar to the pan and combine.
  5. Add the tomatoes, pesto, greens, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
  6. When the pasta is cooked, add the leftover pasta water to the pot and combine.
  7. Add pasta to the pan. Before you stir grate parmesan cheese over the top. Combine the pasta with the sauce and cheese.
  8. Serve in a bowl or on a plate and enjoy your health Meatless Monday that is a little less manic because of this yummy dish!

 

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