Penne with Moroccan-spiced chickpeas and tomatoes

Vegetarian, Soy Free

2 Servings, 710 Calories/Serving

35 Minutes

Ras el hanout is a legendary Moroccan spice blend; meaning “top of the shop,” it traditionally contains a spice merchant’s best stuff. From Oaktown Spice Shop, ours includes cardamom, grains of paradise, mace, cumin, and more. Here it subtly perfumes this nourishing summery pasta dish.


  • 5 ounces whole wheat penne
  • 5 ounces chickpeas
  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh dill
  • 2 ounces Marcona almonds
  • Chickpea spice blend (ras el hanout - garlic powder)
  • 3 ounces baby arugula
  • 2 ounces feta
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt



Cook the pasta

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Transfer the penne to a bowl, drizzle with oil, and toss to coat. While the penne cooks, prepare the vegetables.


Prep the vegetables

  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Peel and thinly slice the shallot.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Coarsely chop the dill.
  • Coarsely chop the almonds.


Cook the chickpeas and shallots; finish the pasta

In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the chickpeas and shallot. Season with salt and cook, stirring a few times, until the chickpeas are toasted and the shallots are slightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the chickpea spice blend and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the penne and reserved pasta water. Stir in the cherry tomatoes, dill, arugula, feta, and sherry vinegar. Cook until the arugula is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



Transfer the penne to individual bowls. Dollop with the yogurt, garnish with the almonds, and serve.


Ingredient IQ

Cooking ground spices like ras el hanout for about 1 minute in hot oil helps release their volatile compounds, boosting their flavor. Be sure to stir constantly to prevent scorching.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 710, Protein: 34 g, Total Fat: 29 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg Carbohydrates: 86 g, Fiber: 13 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 460 mg

Contains: wheat, milk, tree nuts

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