I love finding joy in the simpliest of things and a meal should never have to be too complicated to be enjoyable. Tonight’s dinner was a perfect example in simplicity because even though my fridge was looking pretty bare, I still had everything I needed to make a meal that had us both licking our chops.
I knew that I had a can of chickpeas kicking around in the cupboard and some broccoli that had to be used stat, so I typed “broccoli & chickpeas” into Google and came up with a recipe from Food & Wine. Not content to leave well enough alone, I gauged what I had available to me, tampered with the recipe and was so pleased with the results. Everything about this meal is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Together – the spagetti, the florets of broccoli and even the lowly (but lovely) chickpea – is elevated to honeymoon status*. This is simple eatin’ at it’s best and it makes a near-empty fridge turn into a triumph! Huzzah!
broccoli & chickpea pasta
250 g pasta
1 can of chickpeas
1 head of broccoli
1 lemon, juiced & zested
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 c olive oil
1 t red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1/4 c pasta cooking liquid
2 T parmesan cheese
1. Drain chickpeas and place in a bowl. Add a 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Set aside.
2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add in broccoli and salt and cook until bright green. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon and add to the chickpea mixture. Toss.
3. Add pasta to pot where you just cooked the broccoli. Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat until pasta is cooked al dente.
4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat up the remaining oil and saute the red chili flakes and onion until just starting to turn golden and fragrant. Dump in the chickpea and broccoli mixture. Combine. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the liquid and add into the skillet. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and toss until everything is coated. Serve in deep bowls and top with some more cheese if you want.
* Dude, don’t even ask me what honeymoon status is except that it sounds pretty damn wonderful. And it also probably means that I need a vacation, pronto!