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Pasta with Chickpea-Tomatoe Pasta

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Soak beans for a quicker meals
Step 1 Soaking
Overnight method: Sort the beans discarding any debris, and rinse. Place in a large bowl, and cover with double the amount of water. Cover bowl, and let beans soak over night, or for at least 8 hours.
Quick soak method: Sort the beans, discarding any debris, and rinse. In a large pot combine beans with double the amount of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes Cover and let soak 1 hour.

Step 2: Cooking
Drain the soaked beans and transfer to a heavy pot. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover partially and cook until tender, about 1 to 2 hours. Note: dried beans double in volume when cooked, so 1 cup dred beans will yield 2 cups cooked beans.

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Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • coarse salt
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 sprig fresh basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 12 ounces medium past a shells
  • grated parmesan, for serving

Details

Servings 4

Preparation

Step 1

In medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds (do not brown). Add tomatoes and broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sauce has reduced slightly, about 20 minutes. Add basil and cook 5 minutes more, Remove basil. While sauce is cooking cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until aldente; drain pasta and return to pot.

Add sause to pasta and toss. Serve with Parmesan and garnish with torn basil.

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