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Pea and Pesto Pasta
with asparagus / garlic paprika chickpeas

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We previously used this colorful chickpea recipe in 2022, but wanted to give it a new look and flavor paired with a fresh, spring pasta. 



Paprika Garlic Chickpeas:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemons - 1 , wedges
Pea and Pesto Pasta:
  • Asparagus - 1 bunch , trimmed and chopped
  • Peas, fresh or frozen - 2 cups
  • Pasta, fusilli - 12 oz
  • Reserved pasta water - 1/2 cup
  • Basil pesto (leftover from Monday) - ~1/2 cup (sub store-bought)


  1. Garlic / Asparagus - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Beans - Drain and rinse. 

  3. Marinate beans - Combine beans with garlic, olive oil, salt, paprika, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day

  4. Peas - If using frozen, defrost.

  5. Lemons - Slice into wedges.

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  1. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil.

  2. When the water is boiling, add the peas and boil for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peas to a blender or food processor (leave the pot of water boiling).

  3. Once all of the peas have been removed from the water, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Remove ½ cup of pasta water (amount is for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) and pour it over the peas.

  4. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus to the pasta so that it finishes cooking along with the pasta. Drain well.

  5. Add the pesto to the peas and blend until smooth. Toss together the pasta, asparagus, and pesto sauce. Season with some salt and pepper, if needed. Cover to keep warm.

  6. Next, heat a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, pour in the beans and all marinade ingredients. Saute until the beans are heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.

  7. Divide the pasta between serving bowls. Top with chickpeas. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over top. Enjoy!



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