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Luncheon Invitation and Chickpea Pasta Recipe

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You’ve decided on a luncheon invitation for your party…what are you going to serve?  We like this recipe for a crowd or just for a non-meat dinner alternative.

Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan Recipe:

You won’t miss the meat in this elegant dish, which stars protein-packed chickpeas and almonds for a bit of crunch. A hit of red pepper flakes adds a touch of heat.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 7 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan

Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, red pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the pasta and cook, stirring, until the broth is nearly absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley.
  4. Divide among individual bowls and top with the almonds and Parmesan.

Serves 4 –  Hands-On Time: 20 min – Total Time: 20 min

From Real Simple by Sara Quessenberry,  January 2008

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