Penne with beef and garbanzo beans

February 7, 2010

Author Notes: This is a traditinal Portuguese dish that we make mainly during the winter. It is very satisfying and comforting. It makes a big batch and serves up to 6 people. You also can bring it to work, just microwave it and you will have a delicious lunch.Candyland Queens

Serves: 6


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 tablespoons of extra olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of 96% lean fresh beef (stir fry cut)
  • 1 chourizo sliced (replace with smoked sausage)
  • 3 cups of penne
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (15.5 oz.)
  • 11/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • cilantro for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. In a large pan, add the onion, garlic, chourizo, olive oil. Cook for a few minutes until the onion turns gold and soft.
  2. Add the beef, salt and pepper and let the beef fry for a couple of minutes. As soon as the beef losses its pink/red color add the water, penne and garbanzo. Let everything cook in medium-low for 15-20 minutes. If the pasta looses the water too quickly add a little bit more. Make sure to stir the pasta a couple of times, while it cooks.
  3. Garnish with cilantro.

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