Freedom Friday: Lemon Herb Pasta with Chickpeas

November 8, 2013

My favorite food in the world is the chickpea. This teeny, tiny bean packs a serious fiber and protein punch and is so versatile that it is traditionally used in  hundreds of different regional cuisines. My love affair with the chickpea began a few years back and grew so quickly and ravenously that it prompted my family to suggest we buy stock in Goya. All jokes aside, chickpeas taste incredible with some herbs and especially with a tiny twist of lemon. This taste rocks in hummus and I wanted to work it into a light, yet not summer-y pasta dish. My lemon herb pasta and chickpeas is the result. Enjoy!

 vegan and gluten free pasta with chickpeas and lemon herbs


Allergen- Free Lemon Herb Pasta with Chickpeas

1 package brown rice penne pasta–about 2 cups dry (*If you have a rice allergy, this recipe can be made with quinoa as well)

1 cup chickpeas (dried, then cooked beans are preferable for their normal amount of sodium as opposed to canned)

1 lemon cut in wedges

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried basil

sea salt to taste

1 tsp. olive oil

Cook pasta according to package directions and strain

Heat oil in a pan over low heat and add garlic, cook garlic until it begins to brown

Remove beans from heat once they start to “pop” or jump a bit from the heat, leave in pan

Add herbs to the chickpeas and mix well in pan

Add pasta and bean to large bowl and quickly toss together with sea salt and squeezed lemon juice

Serve immediately.


Enjoy  and happy Friday!


Fun and safe weekend to all

More Freedom Friday allergen-free recipes: Easy Pesto Recipe for Leftover Basil

Rice Noodles and Mushroom Stir fry

Gluten Free Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


Photo: Kate Coffey




Contributing Editor Kate Coffey is the founder of Forever Fascinated Blog, a vegan, the lucky co-parent to Miss Wednesday the Wonder Pup, a French speaking/lover of anything French U.S. Army Wife who is on a mission to spread the good word about living life to its fullest! You can also follow Kate on her Instagram and vegan organic pet treat shop, Wednesday Cafe.


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