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Two Peas and Their Pod: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas

When we were participating in the $100 Food Challenge we had to “put on our thinking caps” to create some of our meals. I tried to cook healthy, tasty dishes using the ingredients we already had at home. It was challenging on some nights, but we had fun coming up with new recipes.

This pasta dish was one of my favorites. I used whole wheat spaghetti and added in zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, and chickpeas. The chickpeas added a nice nutty flavor and gave the pasta an extra boost of protein. I finished the pasta off with some of our homegrown fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

The pasta was very light and easy to prepare. It makes a great, affordable summer meal!

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas

(Printable Recipe)

1 box whole wheat spaghetti

Olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 onion, chopped

1 Zucchini, chopped

1 Yellow squash, chopped

Large handful of fresh green beans, snap off the ends

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Fresh basil

Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Make sure you salt the water for flavor.

In a large skillet, sauté the onion in a little bit of olive oil. Add in the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add in the vegetables. Cook until tender. Add in the chickpeas. Cook until warm. Drain the pasta and add it to the vegetable mix. Toss with fresh basil and parmesan. Drizzle with more olive oil if you wish. Enjoy!

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Blogger Erica said...

I love lighter pasta dishes like this! The addition of veggies is nice in terms of nutrients and because it fills you up without tons of calories. The protein from the chickpeas is a great touch too :)

5:29 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I will have to make this soon. What a perfect summer meal, and healthy too! Nice picture at the top, I love the background print!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks amazing! Very healthy and flavorful! I love chickpeas!



6:16 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

So simple and light - love it!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I would have never thought of adding chickpeas to pasta. Looks like a great healthy meal!

7:06 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I too have never thought to add chickpeas to pasta, really interesting idea

7:08 AM  
Blogger veron said...

So healthy sounding and looks delicious!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

I love lighter fare like these. And you have complex carbs, extra protein (bonus) and all sorts of fiber and everything. Very awesome Maria. But, that's never been a problem for you at all :)

7:15 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

what a beautiful dish

7:31 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Great dish - I love all of the colors! It looks like the perfect summer meal!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Another delicious summer meal. Looks great!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a gorgeous looking pasta! I love chickpeas, so I'll be trying this really soon.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What a GREAT pasta dish you put together!!! it looks soo fresh and light!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a pretty summer meal!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Chick peas and whole wheat pasta, What could be better?

9:04 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

This looks like such a light and refreshing pasta dish! Great job!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Mmmm...I love pasta dishes and if they are healthy AND tasty, all the better. :)

9:43 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

It looks simple, healthy and delicious.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Now this looks GOOD!! Love the chickpeas.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Very nice and so economical. Zucchini are everywhere in the summer and pasta is cheap. So are chickpeas. This looks very satisfying for the buck.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i can't believe i've never tried chickpeas with pasta. what have i been thinking? this is a great dish, maria, and perfect for summer!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Natashya said...

Wonderful! I love to throw chickpeas into dishes for added nutrition.

11:36 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Sounds wicked simple and delicious to me!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Carrian said...

I love the photo. It looks so beautiful. I am not sure about Friday yet. I have to work for a bit during the day and have family coming in town for the weekend. I might just go for the potluck after if I am allowed to do that. Are you going? I would love to actually meet! haha Blogging makes you feel like you know each other, but then again you have never even met ya know?

12:01 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

That looks really tasty, I would not have thought to put chick peas in, excellent idea!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

you know I would gobble this right up. healthy and cheap, this looks so good. I doubt I could get hubby to eat this unless I put some cheese on it...

2:45 PM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

I love the addition of the chickpeas, not only for taste and texture but your are right- more protein! Lovely photos!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

What a great pasta on a budget!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Krista.S said...

I was looking for a recipe just like this! It's a perfect way to get my veggies in without feeling like I have to force myself to eat them (and without sneaking them into my smoothies). I can't wait to try this!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I love this! Great idea to add summer veggies and chickpeas, it looks fantastic!

8:26 PM  
Blogger lesley said...

That looks like an absolutely fabulous combination!! Yum!!!

3:51 AM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

this looks great! i think i need a similar challenge to get creative with some of the things in my pantry :)

6:08 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Hey girl. Honestly- I like both of the girls. I really like Jeanine's strength! And for guys- def Brandon.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

What a healthy dish!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

This looks like the perfect summer pasta dish! I love me some chickpeas.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Finsmom said...

What a stunning photo!

I really like how you used whole wheat pasta and chickpeas here - healthy and delicious!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

This looks so good. I saw a similar recipe in Real Simple and was planning on trying it soon, but your version looks even better!

10:06 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM! Love all the vegetables and the chickpeas. This is my kind of dinner.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I would have never thought to add chickpeas - what a great idea!

11:07 AM  
Blogger My Sensei said...

What a great meal for something light and fresh! This looks so delicious and so incredibly healthy...definitely a wonderful summer dish!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Wow! That looks AMAZING! I am going to have to try it. Sounds perfect for a hot summer evening. :)

1:15 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

What a great pasta dish! I love that you used chickpeas for protein...I'll have to try that!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Dana Treat said...

You make something so healthy look so luscious and delicious! I love chickpeas in just about anything and I know they are great in pasta.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

These pastas look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

5:01 PM  
Blogger KM said...

fresh, healthy, and fabulously pretty.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

What a great dish... I love both pasta and chickpeas, so combining the two sounds wonderful!

5:15 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

That looks so light and delicious! Perfect for summer!

8:27 AM  

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