Chickpea Pasta & Seasoned Ricotta with Caramelized Fennel and Onion

Chickpea Pasta & Seasoned Ricotta with Caramelized Fennel and Onion
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Summary

For incredible depth of flavor in this chickpea-based pasta, we’re caramelizing fennel and onion until delightfully browned and tender, then tossing it together with fresh tomatoes and verdant spinach. An extra rich layer comes from the creamy ricotta cheese we’re serving underneath the warm pasta.


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  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    2 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 recipe
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

2 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 recipe
  • Amount per serving Calories 580

  • Total Fat 24g
    • Saturated Fat 4.5g
  • Sodium 410mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 72g
    • Dietary Fiber 15g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 30g
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • fennel bulb
    1
  • yellow onion
    1
  • grape tomatoes
    4 oz
  • garlic
    2 clove
  • part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/2 cup
  • olive oil (divided use)
    1 tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp
  • water (divided use)
    1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp
  • capers
    1 tbsp
  • crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp
  • baby spinach
    3 oz
  • chickpea rotini pasta
    6 oz
  • sliced almonds
    2 tbsp
Directions

Directions

  1. Prepare the ingredients & season the ricotta: Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard any stems from the fennel, then halve, core, and thinly slice the bulb. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt (optional) and pepper.

    <b>Prepare the ingredients & season the ricotta: </b>Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard any stems from the fennel, then halve, core, and thinly slice the bulb. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. In a bowl, combine the ricotta and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; season with salt (optional) and pepper.
  2. Caramelize the fennel & onion: In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced fennel and sliced onion; season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add 2 tablespoons of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Reduce the heat to medium. Loosely cover the pot with foil and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits (or fond), 5 to 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and softened.

    <b>Caramelize the fennel & onion: </b>In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced fennel and sliced onion; season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add 2 tablespoons of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Reduce the heat to medium. Loosely cover the pot with foil and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits (or fond), 5 to 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and softened.
  3. Make the sauce: To the pot, add the halved tomatoes, chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and pressing down on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until slightly wilted.

    <b>Make the sauce: </b>To the pot, add the halved tomatoes, chopped garlic, capers, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt (optional) and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally and pressing down on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach until slightly wilted.
  4. Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water to prevent sticking.

    <b>Cook the pasta: </b>Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and rinse under cold water to prevent sticking.
  5. Finish the pasta & serve your dish: To the pot of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Gently stir to coat (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Evenly divide the seasoned ricotta between two dishes; spread into an even layer. Top with the finished pasta. Garnish with the almonds and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Enjoy!

    <b>Finish the pasta & serve your dish: </b>To the pot of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Gently stir to coat (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Evenly divide the seasoned ricotta between two dishes; spread into an even layer. Top with the finished pasta. Garnish with the almonds and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Enjoy!
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