Orecchiette cooked in chickpea and tomato sauce – Julie Brooks

Simple, easy healthy Ottolenghi dish

It’s coming into Summer and although we are loving those warm sun filled days, we are still aware that the weather can easily turn and feel more like winter. Today we are posting about a great warming, tasty, healthy recipe which is one of our favourites. It is an easy healthy pasta dish and is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Orecchiette cooked in chickpea and tomato sauce which was published in the Guardian newspaper last April. In addition to being delicious and simple to make, this recipe also happens to be vegan, which we know is something a number of our clients will appreciate!

Orecchiette cooked in chickpea and tomato sauce 

(by Yotam Ottolenghi)

Prep 20 min
Cook 25 min
Serves 4

50ml olive oil, plus 2 tbsp extra to serve
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and patted dry 
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
¾ tbsp tomato paste
Salt and black pepper
40g parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped
2 tsp lemon zest
4 tbsp baby capers
80g good-quality green olives, pitted and roughly torn
250g cherry tomatoes
2 tsp caster sugar
½ tbsp caraway seeds, lightly toasted and crushed
250g dried orecchiette
500ml vegetable stock

Put the first six ingredients and two teaspoons of salt in a large saute pan for which you have a lid, then put it on a medium heat and fry gently for eight minutes, stirring often, until the chickpeas are slightly crisp. Transfer a third of the chickpeas to a small bowl, to use as a garnish.

In a second bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest, capers and olives, then add two-thirds of this mix to the saute pan with the cherry tomatoes, sugar and caraway seeds, and cook for two minutes more, stirring often.

Add the pasta, stock and 200ml water, and bring up to a simmer. Turn the heat to medium, cover with a lid and leave to cook, undisturbed, for 12-14 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.

Stir in the remaining parsley mixture, drizzle with the remaining two tablespoons of oil, and garnish with the fried chickpeas and a good grind of pepper. Enjoy!

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