Friday, December 7, 2012

Lemony Dill Chickpeas/Beans with Pasta - Vegetarian

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 This dish was seriously good eats.  I really wanted to lick the plate clean, I actually had to contain myself!  The simple topping of the chickpeas/beans with lemon, dill and garlic was an explosion of flavors in my mouth.  Then tossed with the bow ties and sprinkled with a smidgen of good Parmesan?  Oh my heaven's!!

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Even my carnivore hubby didn't mention the "lack of meat".  He complimented me and told me that this is definitely a keeper...
He eats the various vegetarian dishes I make all the time, but he has this oh not quite so subtle way of "hinting" that this would be an "outstanding dish" if it had some steak/chicken/pork take your pick.  To which point I casually smile at him, bat my eyelashes and he knows it's futile!!
My girls really liked it as well, alas, they are like their mommy and do truly enjoy vegetarian meals. 
Do you think it's a male vs female thing?  No seriously? Hmmmm... 
Oh sorry, I digressed, back to the recipe.  This is a very quick and easy dinner to boot.  Think less than half an hour with just a few ingredients, all from the pantry.  Perfect for a busy night that you didn't pull anything out, or don't really feel like getting various pots and pans out.  And did I mention budget friendly?  See, I'm on a roll here!! *grin*

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Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

1 can favorite beans, drained and rinsed (Cannelini, chickpeas, navy, butter etc).
1 box (1 lb) your favorite pasta
1 lemon
4 cloves garlic
1-1/2 - 2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp Herbes de Provence
6 tbsp butter (come-on, it's the only sauce here... )
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Parmesan cheese for topping

-In a large saucepan, add enough water and a few pinches of salt and bring to boil for pasta.

-Wash and dry your lemon, and zest the entire lemon.  Once zested, juice the lemon, set aside.

-Mince your garlic and set aside.

-A few minutes before your pasta is ready, in a medium saute pan melt your butter, and once melted add your olive oil. 

-Add your chickpeas/beans and coat them with the butter and oil.  Add your minced garlic and all your seasonings.  Saute for 1 minute or so.  Now, let's add in our reserved lemon juice and zest, bring to a simmer.  Turn off heat, cover and keep warm.

-Drain your pasta and return to pot.  Add your lemony chickpeas to the pasta along with all those succulent juices.  Toss thoroughly and serve.  I highly recommend a quality Parmesan grated over for just an extra "mmmmm" effect!!
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 Trust me, you will want to lick your plate too...

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 Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. do you find herbes de provance at the grocery store with spices? Do you neeed a special zester to zest the lemon?

    1. Hi Wendy!!
      How are you my friend?
      Yes, Herbes de Provence can be found at the spice section. I highly recommend going to the international section of the store instead of the bottled ones. They have resealable smaller packets that are MUCH, MUCH cheaper and stays fresher as well. But trust me, one you cook with Herbes de Provence, you will fall in love with it!!
      I use a zester for the lemon, but if you have a grater with smaller holes, that should work just fine.

      Let me know!!

    2. Got the Herbes de Provence at the regular spice section. It was next to Greek. G -H lol
      ordered a zester. I got the whole parmesian cheese. Now I need to figure out how to grate it.Have all the ingredients but I'm making the crockpot soup first:)
      sorry to hear about a sore foot. I have something not cool and had a lymph node biopsy yesterday:(

    3. Yay Wendy... we'll make you a foodie yet!! :-)

      I'm so sorry to hear about your biopsy, sending prayers to you. Are you ok now?

    4. made the barley lenil soup with beef and vegetable stock.It is boring tasting but I didn't add the salt and pepper. Need to buy sea salt.

      don't get my diagnosis until friday. my neck is full of blown up lymph nodes. I am functioning.

  2. how are you my sweet Didi? Getting ready for Christmas?
    I am doing a similar recipe using fresh dill and rice instead of pasta, it really is delicious, next time I;m going to try your recipe! hugs and kisses, enjoy the holiday season!

    1. Eri my sweetheart!!!! I am good concentrating in staying off my foot which is very hard my friend because I never stop!!!

      Rice you say???? Oh Eri I can so see this with rice, yes!!!!

  3. I love using chickpeas with pasta and yours sounds terrific. No need for meat in this dish.

  4. Thanks so much for the recipe!! I'm a vegetarian as of 3 days ago and it's hard to find good-non-meat foods :] thanks

    1. Hello anonymous,
      Thank you so much for stopping by! I truly love vegetarian meals!! I'm so glad I could help with your journey!!


  5. Yes! I do believe I would have to contain myself, too! I really would want to like the plate and the pot and the spoon. Yum my friend!

    1. Kecia my darling girl, even my carnivore hubby loves it!!!