I’ve been inspired lately by the great pasta posts over at Brave New Food.
My wife spotted an interesting recipe in a Rachel Ray magazine and we thought we’d give it a try. It’s got a funny little sauce, with garbanzo beans and jalapenos and curry powder, but at the end of the day it still fills you up like a plate of spaghetti should.
The beans replace the protein you would normally get from the meatballs, the curry powder gives it some great flavor and the jalapeno adds just the right amount of spice.
Top the pasta with goat cheese to add some creaminess and you’ve got yourself a good meal.
It was the perfect pick-me-up for what has been, so far, a rather bleak start to the baseball season by my hometown Tampa Bay Rays. C’mon fellas.
Also, I’ve been trying to think of a slick way to get a picture of my dog into the blog, and so far, nothing has come to me – so I’m just going to kick off this recipe with his beautiful mug.
And now, on to the good stuff:
(again, recipe courtesy from the Rachel Ray Magazine May 2011 Issue)
Here’s what you need:
- 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 fresh chile pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a jalapeno)
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp mild curry powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
- olive oil
- goat cheese for sprinkling
- parsley for garnish
Here’s what to do:
Step 1) Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Step 2) Meanwhile, in a big saucepan, begin cooking the diced onion,
garlic and chile pepper in a few splashes of olive oil. After 2-3 minutes, add in curry powder and a dash of salt. Let it sit for another minute or two, and then add in the veggie stock, tomatoes and chickpeas.
Step 3) Let it sit for 15-20 minutes until the liquid steams off a little, stirring occasionally.
Step 4) Add the sauce to the cooked pasta and toss.
Step 5) Top with goat cheese and parsley and eat it up.
I’d also like to announce, unrelated to this pasta, a new addition to my family – a new baby nephew, RJ.