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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

Serve

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

5

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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