Whole-Wheat Penne with Broccoli and Chickpeas

Whole-Wheat Penne with Broccoli and Chickpeas Recipe
Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: A.J. Battifarano

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 16 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 412
Fat 14 g
Satfat 3 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 59 g
Fiber 10 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 340 mg


1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stems discarded
12 ounces whole-wheat penne
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 small lemons)
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan


1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add broccoli; cook until just tender, 3 minutes. Scoop out broccoli with a slotted spoon; transfer to a bowl. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

2. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chickpeas, reserved broccoli and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until heated through.

3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot and stir in chickpea and broccoli mixture and lemon juice. Stir in reserved cooking liquid, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until pasta is lightly moistened. Spoon pasta into bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.


October 2010
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