Lemony Pasta With Chickpeas and Parsley

Serves 2.

From Melissa Clark.

• Kosher salt, as needed

• 8 oz. regular or whole-wheat fusilli or other short, sturdy pasta

• 2 c. cooked chickpeas, home-cooked or canned

• 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

• 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

• 1/2 onion, diced

• 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

• Pinch of red pepper flakes, plus more as needed

• 1 1/2 c. chickpea cooking liquid (from a homemade pot; do not use the liquid from the can), vegetable stock or water

• 3 c. fresh parsley leaves (from 1 large bunch)

• 2/3 c. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving

• 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

• Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

• Ground black pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add fusilli and cook until it is just shy of al dente. (It should be slightly underdone because you’ll finish cooking it in the sauce.) Drain well.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the chickpea sauce: Place chickpeas in a large bowl and use a potato masher or a fork to lightly mash them; they should be about half-crushed.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add garlic cloves and fry until they are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in onions, rosemary, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Then stir in chickpeas and the cooking liquid, stock or water. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Stir in pasta and parsley, and cook until the pasta has finished cooking and is coated in the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Quickly toss in cheese, butter, lemon zest, black pepper to taste and salt if needed. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with additional cheese before serving.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 1,250 Fat 50 g Sodium 1,000 mg

Carbohydrates 152 g Saturated fat 15 g Total sugars 12 mg

Protein 49 g Cholesterol 40 mg Dietary fiber 22 g

Exchanges per serving: 10 starch, 3 medium-fat protein, 5 fat.