This satisfying casserole has it all—protein, carbohydrates, a leafy green vegetable and tons of robust flavor.
- 8 oz. dried penne or rotelle pasta
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pinches red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp. dried
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- Pinch saffron threads (optional)
- 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved
- 2 14- to 16-oz. cans tomatoes, drained
- 1 large bunch Swiss chard (1 1/2 lb.), stemmed and rinsed well
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta; stir to prevent sticking. Cook pasta until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika and saffron if desired. Cook, stirring often, until onion is tender, 8 minutes.
- Add chickpeas, reserved liquid and tomatoes to onion mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. If mixture becomes dry, add a little water to keep it moist.
- Meanwhile, in large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2 inches water to a boil over high heat. Add chard, cover and steam until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Remove chard and coarsely chop. Transfer to large bowl and stir in 2 tsp. oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in pasta, chickpea mixture and Parmesan.
- Transfer pasta mixture to prepared casserole. Drizzle with remaining 1 tsp. oil and season with pepper. Cover with foil and bake until hot, about 20 minutes.
- Serving Size: Serves 6
- Calories: 349
- Carbohydrate Content: 54 g
- Cholesterol Content: 6 mg
- Fat Content: 9 g
- Fiber Content: 7 g
- Protein Content: 15 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
- Sodium Content: 826 mg