This pasta with mushrooms and chickpeas practically makes itself. This is the kind of dinner you make when you get home late and want to assemble something that’s ready in no-time and immensely satisfying. Not to mention that it’s packed with tender buttery mushrooms, crispy chickpeas and hints of garlic, and made cheesy with plenty of Parmesan.
Couldn’t recommend it more for a quick dinner. You can switch it up by using veggies of your choice, like zucchini. Or use your favorite store bought pesto for an easy fix.
Mushrooms and chickpeas are cooked together, then tossed with pasta and basil pesto. The only thing left to do is to top the bowls off with fresh basil and plenty of grated Parmesan, and dig in.
It’s an easy, comforting meal, and it’s exactly what we all deserve. Chickpeas and mushrooms add substance to this dish, and much flavor, since they’re earthy and nutty. Everything is ready in a flash and you only need one pan and one pot, so it’s fuzz-free and comforting. —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
(0.5 lb) pasta
chestnut mushrooms, wiped, trimmed and roughly chopped
can chickpeas, drained
garlic cloves, finely chopped
sea salt + black pepper
parmesan + toasted pine nuts + red chili flakes + fresh basil, for serving
Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the pesto and blend. Season with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice to taste. Set aside.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted and bubbling, add the mushrooms to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add olive oil and stir in the chickpeas and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Season with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Add pasta, pesto and a big splash of the reserved cooking water. Stir well so everything is well-coated, and cook until heated through and the flavors melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese, basil, pine nuts and chili flakes. Enjoy!