I have a back log of great meals to mention but this one jumped the queue. Not only is it delicious but it is one of those eating-out-of-the-pantry meals that come in handy. Last night I was tempted to order something in, but my husband – usually the first one to suggest delivery pizza – was the voice of reason. So we dug around and pulled out a can of chickpeas along with a can of diced tomatoes and a couple half-empty packages of pasta. Add an onion, some garlic and an interesting choice of spices and our meal was beginning to take shape.
What makes this dish really stand out is the cinnamon. Lately, I’ve been loving the combination of cinnamon with tomatoes – it adds a different twist and it really helps to make a simple, pantry meal come alive with flavour. There’s some chili powder in there to round things out and I threw in a stock cube because I really wanted to add in some chicken stock but I didn’t have any on hand. The stock cube along with the olive oil (more olive oil than I would normally add in), gave this meal richness.
I happily ate the leftovers for lunch today. Sadly, the only photos I have of this dish are of my lunchtime leftovers. So please don’t be put off my the shoddy pics – because this meal is fantastic. This is great topped with feta and I’m sure even better with fresh parsley or dill.
elsewhere: Looking for an easy muffin recipe? Try these yogurt berry muffins over at Poppytalk.
mediterranean tomato sauce with chickpeas
3 T olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can of diced tomatoes
a pinch of kosher salt & a good grind of black pepper
1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
1 t mexican chili powder
1/4 t cinnamon
1 can of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
feta cheese (optional)
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until soft. Add in the tomatoes, crumbled stock cube, chili powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon and chickpeas. Let simmer until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with feta cheese if desired.