- Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes: VegKitchen.com - http://www.vegkitchen.com -
Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives
Posted By Nava On May 27, 2012 @ 4:27 pm In Hardy Greens,Hearty Pasta Dishes,Pasta Entrées | 6 Comments
This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens  by Nava Atlas.
Serves: 4 to 6
Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
If using any variety of chard, cut the leaves away from the stems and chop coarsely or cut into ribbons. If you plan on using the stems from chard, trim an inch or so away from the bottom, then slice thinly. If using kale, strip the leaves from the stems, and cut into narrow ribbons or small bite-size pieces. Thinly slice the stems if you plan to use them, otherwise, discard. Stem larger spinach leaves and chop coarsely; if using baby spinach, use the leaves whole.
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and bell pepper and sauté over medium heat until the garlic is lightly golden and the bell pepper softens, about 3 minutes.
Add the greens and stir in quickly to coat with the oil. If using spinach, cover and let it wilt for 30 seconds or so. If using kale or chard, add a couple tablespoons of water, cover, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, just until wilted and bright green.
Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, and oregano. Stir together and cook, stirring frequently for 3 to 4 minutes, or until everything is heated through.
Combine the mixture from the skillet with the pasta in the serving bowl and toss together. Toss with the skillet mixture. Season with salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes. Sprinkle optional pine nuts over the pasta, and serve.
Note: In this dish, I used a spelt rotini, but you can use any kind of short twisty pasta, and of course go for a gluten-free variety if that’s your preference.
Article printed from Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes: VegKitchen.com: http://www.vegkitchen.com
URL to article: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/pasta-and-noodles/pasta-dishes/pasta-with-greens-chickpeas-and-olives/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/pasta-and-noodles/pasta-dishes/pasta-with-greens-chickpeas-and-olives/attachment/pasta-with-greens/
 Wild About Greens: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/1402785887/vegetariankit-20
 hardy greens.: http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/recipes/vegetables-all-year-round/hardy-greens/
 hearty vegan pasta recipes.: http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/recipes/pasta-and-noodles/pasta-dishes/
 Vegan Dinner Recipes: http://www.vegkitchen.com/vegan-dinner-recipes/
 Pasta Entrées: http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/pasta-entrees/
Copyright © 2010 Nava Atlas Vegan Recipes. All rights reserved.