Penne with Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas and Tomatoes (gluten free option)

Pasta, not gonna lie, I love it! Especially when it’s tossed with loads of fresh vegetables and flavorful herbs and spices. And pasta doesn’t get any prettier than this Penne with Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas and Tomatoes from Sun Basket!
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Penne with Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas and Tomatoes (gluten free option)

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Penne with Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas and Tomatoes (gluten free option)

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About This Dish:

Al dente Penne pasta tossed with protein packed Moroccan spiced chickpeas, fresh arugula, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Marcona almonds: easy, simple clean eating! And the flavors in this pasta are amazing thanks to traditional Moroccan spices. One of the things I love most about Sun Basket is being introduced to spices and flavor combinations I wouldn’t ordinarily be familiar with. For example in this recipe we use Ras el hanout,  a legendary Moroccan spice blend; meaning “top of the shop,” it traditionally contains a spice merchant’s best goods. Here it subtly perfumes this nourishing summery pasta dish. And the Marcona almonds lend a hint of rosemary and sea salt. perfection!

The Recipe: Penne with Moroccan Spiced Chickpeas and Tomatoes (gluten free option)

Tips and what you will need: This recipe makes two generous portions. Of course you can double (or triple) the recipe if you are cooking for more. To save time, prepare veggies and herbs while pasta water heats. You will need the Moroccan Spice blend Ras el hanout. If it’s not in the spice aisle of your grocery store you can have it delivered to your door. Marcona almonds are drizzled in olive oil, sea salt and rosemary and can be found at most grocery stores, but again they can be delivered to your door. Gluten free friends, sub with your favorite GF pasta.

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Al dente Penne pasta tossed with protein packed Moroccan spiced chickpeas, fresh arugula and tomatoes, feta cheese, and Marcona almonds: easy, simple clean eating!  Ras el hanout is a legendary Moroccan spice blend; meaning “top of the shop,” it traditionally contains a spice merchant’s best stuff. Here it subtly perfumes this nourishing summery pasta dish. 

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces penne pasta (about 2 cups) gluten free friends use your favorite brand of pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 5 ounces chickpeas (about 1/2 a cup)
  • 1 to 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces Marcona almonds
  • 1/2  teaspoon ras el hanout (a Moraccan spice blend)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 ounces baby arugula (2 large handfuls)
  • 2 ounces feta (1/3 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt

Instructions

Cook the pasta:

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until just tender but al dente (usually instructions on package are right on) Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Transfer the penne to a bowl, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, and toss to coat.

While water heats and the penne cooks, prepare the vegetables.

  • Rinse the chickpeas
  • Peel and thinly slice the shallot
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half
  • Coarsely chop the dill
  • Coarsely chop the almonds

Cook the chickpeas and shallots, finish the pasta:

In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the chickpeas and shallot. Season with salt and cook, stirring a few times, until the chickpeas are toasted and the shallots are slightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the ras el hanout and garlic powder, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the penne and reserved pasta water. Stir in the cherry tomatoes, dill, arugula, feta, and sherry vinegar. Cook until the arugula is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve:

Transfer the penne to individual bowls. Dollop with the yogurt, garnish with the almonds, and serve.

Courses Main Course

Cuisine Moroccan

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