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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
I made this dish yesterday and thought it was delicious. I added turkey hot sausage, and will try it in the future with chicken or shrimp.
All the flavors came toghter so nicely. Loved the crushed red pepper flakes and I always add more garlic than any recipe calls for. Before serving I drizzled a little olive oil and fresh grated romano cheese.
I can't wait to make it again....I will proudly make this dish for my next party when I need a covered dish. This recipe is a keeper with me. So glad I tried it. :) YUM!!
I added a red bellpepper from the garden and a can of salmon (with the lemon I thought some sort of fish was in order and my husband has to have meat) and that seemed to help quite a bit. I will leave out the chickpeas if I ever make it again, the kids weren't fans. Not probably going to be something the family asks for but it is quick and easy in a pinch if you are willing to make it your own.
I should have listened to the review about this. It really had no flavor whatsoever. Half-way while making it I could already not taste any flavoring & tried adding some stuff, but still no luck. Would not make again.
First meal I've made off of the myrecipes website that I have thrown the leftovers away. My husband and I didn't think there was any flavor at all. At least it was cheap so we didn't feel bad about not saving it.
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