Pasta with Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • Water
  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasonings (thyme, oregano, basil, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

Suggested Toppings:

  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach

Optional Lean Meat Protein to Add:

  • Chicken breast
  • Shrimp

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook until slightly golden and fragrant.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, onion powder, and one (tomato paste) can of water.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for half an hour. Stir frequently, adding more water if necessary.
  5. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, but reserve 3/4 of pasta water.
  6. Add sauce and chickpeas to pasta. Slowly add reserved pasta water until you reach desired consistency.
  7. Serve with fresh, grated parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings
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