This is a nice fresh pasta dish. Technically, I guess I should have given it a 3 -- a "good solid recipe" -- because it's not very fancy. But I went ahead and ranked it a 5 because it truly is very quick and easy to prepare. My husband usually bathes our baby daughter and gets her ready for bed while I cook dinner -- but this was ready before he could even get her upstairs. I finished making the whole dish while the pasta boiled. If I can find a great, healthy weeknight recipe that's also easy, fast, and budget-friendly to prepare, then I'm going to give it a 5!
Penne with Chickpeas, Feta, and Tomatoes
allcharleston Posted: 08/05/10
sedutta Posted: 04/13/10
This was just OK. I did not have a pepper, so I added sun dried tomatoes, but followed the recipe otherwise (using oregano instead of basil as suggested). There seemed to be something missing- it did not have much flavor, but wasn't bad. I won't be making this again. If I'm going to make pasta with chickpeas, I'll stick to one of my favorite Cooking Light recipes of Pasa with Chickpeas and Garlic Sauce.
JeanE23 Posted: 04/05/10
Quick & fresh tasting. Most of the flavor comes from the tomatoes and feta, but I like the combination of all the ingredients. Used lemon juice instead of rind, as suggested here, and on-the-vine tomatoes. Didn't have fresh basil; I'm sure that would up the tastiness. Good basic, everyday pasta dish.
Belanos Posted: 03/05/11
This was okay, although I thought I would like it much better than I did. Like another reviewer noted, it seemed like something was missing, although I can't put my finger on what it is. I probably won't make this again.
gemgirl42 Posted: 06/25/10
Nice and easy pasta recipe. I used whole wheat penne, which gave it nice flavor.
Oliviosis02 Posted: 02/25/10
My husband and I liked this recipe and I'd make it again but I thought it needed more seasoning and I don't think I'd use the chickpeas again (too much starch). We topped the pasta with a lemon herb marinated grilled chicken breast and it added quite a bit of flavor, don't think I'd eat it without the chicken.
Saecca Posted: 03/07/10
Pretty good recipe. It had a nice fresh flavor, but was missing something. I think simple roasted chicken would make it great, like someone else suggested. I would make it again since it is pretty easy to make.
chamdexor Posted: 03/03/10
I actually think it's better than average (3 stars), but my husband just thought it was okay so I gave it 3 stars. Of course, my spouse doesn't care for beans too much. I actually thought it was tasty and plan on eating it for lunch today. I did use oregano in place of basil.
foodfiend20 Posted: 05/17/10
I made this recipe for vegetarian guests and we all enjoyed it. I really believe that dry, cooked chickpeas make a huge difference in recipes rather than using a can of drained chickpeas. I used thinly sliced onion instead of shallots, whole-grain penne, Trader Joe's light feta, and some baby spinach (added with the tomatoes when cooking), fresh oregano rather than basil, and some hot pepper flakes. It was great!
SarahTrevino Posted: 03/01/10
I thought it was pretty good. I didn't measure the spices and basil. Alter it to your preferences. WIll definitely cook again.
JeannaM Posted: 03/24/10
My family LOVED this recipe! I made a few changes due to available ingredients, but I think those changes added to the dish. Used vine tomatoes which added a juiciness that we loved and substituted a splash of lemon juice instead of lemon rind. Threw in a little extra feta as well. Definitely will be making again.
pastafan Posted: 03/05/10
I loved how easy & quick this recipe was to make and how light & fresh it tasted. I substituted Campanelle for penne. My husband felt the chickpeas didn't "match" the other flavors & requested next time I use shrimp. When I explained my intent of serving it was to inject legumes into our families' diet, his opinion was altered a bit. I served this with a salad tossed in vinaigrette & plan to make it again in a few weeks.
1CouplesKitchen Posted: 02/27/12
This is a great, healthy weeknight meal. It really comes together quickly. I added quite a bit of crushed red pepper flakes to give it some heat and a tad bit more feta. Read our full review with pics here: http://onecoupleskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/02/penne-with-chickpeas-feta-tomatoes.html