Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Dish up an easy homemade pasta sauce packed with the bright flavors of fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and salty Asiago cheese over hot cooked angel hair noodles for a quick, and delicious, weeknight dinner in a hurry.

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Add pasta, basil, salt, pepper, and chickpeas; cook 2 minutes. Place mixture in a bowl; stir in cheese and vinegar, and garnish with basil, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Great sauce, would lose the chickpeas

August 20, 2017
This recipe depends entirely on the quality of the fresh produce used. I've never really understood chickpeas in pasta recipes and this one didn't convince me, but the sauce was simple and delicious.

luvthesound's Review

July 11, 2011
Apparently some of the reviewers didn't read the recipe thoroughly. There were some comments that the time stated to make it were not accurate, however the recipe does state COOKED pasta. Yummy.

pondarosa's Review

February 16, 2009
I consistently find this recipe takes about 2 hours to make. I don't see how anyone in their right mind would call that quick. Who, after a long day at work and a long commute home, has two hours to make dinner? Maybe if they told the truth about the actual time it takes to make, almost no one would make this or any other recipe that claims to be quick but takes multiple hours for a rather simple dish. However it certainly is easy, and tastes good.

recipegal722's Review

August 24, 2010
This sounds like a good recipe to me. If you don't like chickpeas, try using cannelli beans. I will use canned tomatoes.

nholley73's Review

July 13, 2011
My husband just made this for dinner tonight and we LOVED it!!! Great taste, light, just as good as any restaurant !!!!

tdmcm1963's Review

July 19, 2011
I really wanted to like this dish. But it just wasn't very good. It seemed like the asiago cheese overpowered the other flavors.

carolfitz's Review

August 25, 2010
Supereasy with good results. Used fettucine and added a bit of red pepper flake to the tomato/garlic. Otherwise followed recipe. Served with two hot Italian turkey sausage links, browned then cut into medallions.

Melioh's Review

September 22, 2010
I liked this recipe more for the ease of it than the taste. I used about half the balsamic vinegar called for since my husband always complains about that being the only thing he can taste. I also used great northern beans in place of the garbanzos- much nicer texture. I wish I had heeded other reviewers suggestions and added pepper flakes.

MustangJamie's Review

May 06, 2009
I'm really not sure what the previous reviewer is talking about - I started with cooking the pasta at 6:15 EDT and we just finished eating and it's 7:15 EDT. It seriously took 30 minutes to make and 15 of that was boiling the water and cooking the pasta. That said, we really liked this recipe! I used dried basil for a little stronger flavor, and we added 2 tbsp of red pepper flakes. Also, I used canned tomatoes with chiles in place of regular tomatoes (I don't know, maybe using fresh vs canned can really affect total time?) My hubby, who is NOT a pasta fan, really liked this. We will definitely make again!

Anna225's Review

July 11, 2011
Delish! This will be one of my favorite weekly recipes. I don't think the chickpeas were too much as per some of the other reviewers. I also added fresh broccoli. I recommend adding the balsamic to individual portions (if desired) vs. the entire dish because it can be a little overpowering.