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Quick, Light, and Tasty

A meatless pasta dish flavored with the soft and savory taste of chicken broth and a bulk comprised of sauteed spinach greens and versatile chickpeas. Like any traditional Italian dish, the roots of this sauce embody a heap of freshly chopped garlic, green onions, and EVOO.  This is a quick thirty minute meal that can accompany a glass of wine during the work week or it can even stand as a tasty main course dish to surprise dinner party guests without having to spend your entire day preparing in the kitchen.  Pair it with a side of fresh mixed greens, a glass of Chablis white wine, and the season’s best fruit as dessert to create a Tried & True Italian meal!  Light, tasty, and perfect during any season, you will be surprised that such a delightful dish can come from such few ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 Green Onions, finely chopped (or one small white onion, finely chopped)
  • 1 Can of Chickpeas
  • 2 Cups of prepared Chicken Broth (or two cups of water and two tablespoons of chicken stock powder)
  • Bag of Rigatoni Noodles
  • Several bunches of fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Slice of Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Optional: Italian Seasoning, Salt, and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place a large pan above a flame and add the Olive Oil, Garlic, and Green onions (Optional: Add Italian spices now if you so desire)
  2. Saute until the garlic aroma starts tickling your nose and the green onion becomes translucent
  3. Add the Chicken Broth and Chickpeas, Bring to Boil
  4. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 30 minutes
  5. In another pot, bring water to boil, start cooking Rigatoni
  6. Once Rigatoni noodles reach desired texture, drain, and replace noodles into the same pot
  7. Once thirty minutes pass, add the fresh spinach leaves to the chickpea mixture, cook until leaves are wilted and stringy
  8. Pour Chicken Broth, Chickpea, Spinach combination on top of the cooked Rigatoni noodles
  9. Fold the mixture into the noodles until evenly dispersed
  10. Add Salt and Pepper to Taste
  11. Serve with a grated Parmesan cheese garnish
  12. Indulge!

Pair with Mixed Greens, Seasonal Fruit, and your Favorite glass of Wine!

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