Penne with Chickpeas, Feta, and Tomatoes

  • allcharleston Posted: 08/05/10
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    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!

  • sedutta Posted: 04/13/10
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Nice and easy pasta recipe. I used whole wheat penne, which gave it nice flavor.

  • Oliviosis02 Posted: 02/25/10
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

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