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Golden Spirals with Chickpeas and Yellow Bell Pepper

30 minutes or fewer The addition of turmeric to the pasta water gives the rotini a golden hue that complements the chickpeas and yellow pepper. Rosemary adds color and flavor, but you can substitute any fresh herb.

30 minutes or fewer

The addition of turmeric to the pasta water gives the rotini a golden hue that complements the chickpeas and yellow pepper. Rosemary adds color and flavor, but you can substitute any fresh herb.

Servings
SERVING

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. whole wheat rotini or other spiral-shaped pasta
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. plus 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 zucchini, cut into half circles
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock or hot pasta water
  • 1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary, or other herb
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds for garnish
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese for garnish

Preparation

  1. Cook rotini and turmeric in large pot of lightly salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, according to package directions. Drain well, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water, if using. Toss pasta with 1 tsp. oil, and set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in same pot over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add bell pepper, zucchini and 1/4 cup of stock, and cook, covered, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in chickpeas, rosemary, remaining 1/4 cup stock, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add reserved pasta, and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve hot, sprinkled with sunflower seeds and feta.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size Serves 4
  • Calories 390
  • Carbohydrate Content 48 g
  • Cholesterol Content 10 mg
  • Fat Content 16 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 15 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 330 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g