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Think Chickpeas Can't Be Sexy? These 15 Dinners Say Otherwise

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If the prospect of sexy, sultry chickpeas leaves you bit a flummoxed, remember what they look like all dressed up: Roasted into punchy, crispy pops for a salad, or whizzed into a voluminous purée; braised until cozy, or blended into a soup so smooth, you'll want to run your fingers through it (though we suggest you don't).

Photo by James Ransom

Chickpeas nuzzle into orecchiette or nestle into a pile of pappardelle. They take well to cheese, lemon juice, herbs, capers. They want to be eaten out of bowls, pinched up with your fingers.

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And while dried chickpeas, touted as creamier and more flavorful, might be inherently the sexiest, we think canned chickpeas can be just as appealing and are doubtlessly speedier. And after all, what's sexier than resourcefulness and reliability?

Here are 15 dinners that let the little pulses flaunt what they've got:

Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad
Chickpea and Green Tomato Salad
Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta
Stewy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Capers, and Feta
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas
Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas
Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with Seared Calamari)
Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with Seared Calamari)
Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Zahav's Hummus Tehina by Genius Recipes

Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus

Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes

Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Noodles
Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Noodles
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata
Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
Chickpea Bolognese
Chickpea Bolognese
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas)
Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas)

What's the best chickpea dish you know? Tell us about it in the comments!