Creamy Chickpea & Tomato Spaghetti
I love most things coconut! Water, jelly, oil, tart, milk – you name it. While browsing through the grocery aisle for something new, I spotted a sauce that combined two things I’m a fan of – Indian cuisine and coconut. So, of course, I totally had to buy it! Upon opening the jar, you get a pleasant aroma of coconut and cardamom, ginger and garlic, which are spices commonly found in traditional Indian cooking. This aromatic combination had given me the idea to make a creative and quick meatless dish in less than 40 minutes, using the whole wheat pasta I had cooked the night before. This pasta-based dish has a rich flavor which was further highlighted by the addition of cumin powder. This dish is a delicious Meatless Monday option for you or your family can also be used for meal prep.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
½ bottle Sharwood’s Korma Cooking Sauce (coconut, cream, tomatoes and coriander)
3 large Garlic cloves (minced)
2 tsp. Cumin (powdered)
7 oz Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes (naturally steam peeled with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano)
1 ½ cup of Precooked Pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti)
¼ cup Chickpeas (canned, drained)
½ tsp. Red Pepper flakes
4 tbsp. Olive oil
Sea Salt to taste
Mince the garlic and open any cans or containers as needed. Drain and pat dry the chickpeas.
Place olive oil into a small nonstick saucepan on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add chickpeas, garlic and a pinch of sea salt, and let cook on low heat for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cumin and stir to provide even distribution. Add tomatoes, stir and let cook for 5 minutes. Add Korma cooking sauce, red pepper flakes and stir. Let simmer covered for 7 minutes. Add cooked pasta and use tongs to evenly mix into the sauce. Cover and let cook for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve with a garnish of fresh basil.
For a thicker sauce, blend the chickpeas and add it to the korma cooking sauce.
Cooking time varies based on the type of pasta used – smaller or thinner pastas take less time.
Minced Rosemary can also be used as a garnish.
Dish can be served with grilled or toasted bread.
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