Lemony Fusilli with Chickpeas, Raisins, and Spinach

Lemony Fusilli with Chickpeas, Raisins, and Spinach Recipe
Oxmoor House
With a refreshing lemon vinaigrette, chickpeas, and spinach, this salad makes a great light lunch or dinner alternative to a traditional mixed greens salad. For heartier fare, stir in some chopped cooked chicken.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 2 Minutes
Cook: 9 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 466
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 8.1 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 3.3 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 14.7 g
Carbohydrate 87 g
Fiber 10.8 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Sodium 376 mg
Calcium 145 mg

Ingredients

3 cups uncooked whole wheat fusilli (short twisted spaghetti)
2 lemons
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded fontina cheese

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

2. While pasta cooks, grate rind and squeeze juice from lemon to measure 4 teaspoons and 1/4 cup, respectively. Combine rind, juice, olive oil, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add spinach, chickpeas, and raisins; toss well.

3. Drain pasta, and immediately add to spinach mixture, tossing until spinach wilts. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Serve with: Cheesy Crostini

Note:

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Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals,

Oxmoor House

March 2010
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