I have always been and will always be a pasta girl. I love my carbs and despite my best efforts, I can never give them up.
Unfortunately, eating a ton of carbs always make me feel overly full and not so great after eating them. I’ve tried a bunch of pasta substitutes that were ok, but not great. I finally found a gluten free option that actually tasted good and that my household loved too. It’s made from chickpea’s and it is full of protein and fiber.
This dish came about randomly. I had broccolini, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes laying around so I figured why not throw all of this together? Fast forward about 6 months and we have this almost once a week, usually as our “meatless Monday” meal. All the flavors go together so well and guess what? Its ready in under 30 minutes, who doesn’t love fast and delicious meal?
All the flavors go together so well and guess what? Its ready in under 30 minutes, who doesn’t love fast and delicious meal?
Once I add the pasta back in, I grated some parmesan cheese over the top. I reserve a little bit of pasta water to add to the dish. This allows the cheese to cling to the pasta and also make a “sauce”. The starch in the pasta water helps thicken all the liquid.
Stir everything together and top with crushed red pepper flakes. There you have it, a quick healthy weeknight meal.
Things you’ll need: Pasta pot, dutch oven or high walled skillet
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Quick, gluten-free meal, full of veggies and flavor.
- Banza pasta, 1 box
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes
- 5oz of baby spinach (about 3cups)
- 1 bunch of broccolini, stems trimmed
- 3 tbsp olive oil + 3 tbsp
- 1 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese + more for serving
- Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water
-Cook pasta to al dente in a pot, before draining reserve 1/2 a cup of the pasta water and place to the side. Drain pasta and put aside.
-While pasta is cooking. In a Dutch oven or skillet with high sides, over medium/high heat add 3 tbsp of olive oil. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant about 1 minute. Add broccolini and salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes until it begins to soften (can cover with lid to assist). Add spinach and sundried tomatoes and dash of salt. Add 2-3 tbsp more olive oil to help spinach wilt. Once spinach has wilted (about 3-4 min) add banza pasta in. If you have Parmesan cheese add a generous amount to the pasta. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta water to help thin the cheese for it to coat the pasta. If you do not have Parmesan cheese you can omit the pasta water. Top with crushed red pepper and serve.
-Cook pasta to al dente and rinse the chickpea pasta before mixing into the vegetables
-Add a little of reserved pasta water to help thin cheese and help it coat the pasta
Keywords: gluten-free, pasta, broccolini, spinach, sundried tomatoes, gluten-free pasta