Farfalle with Mint Walnut Pesto & Chickpeas Recipe
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This meatless meal is a slice of heaven, chock full of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fibre, not to mention lots of flavor. The chick peas give the dish a hit of plant-based protein and the best part? It takes a mere 25 minutes to make, start to finish.
  • CourseMain Course
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Farfalle with Mint Walnut Pesto & Chickpeas Recipe
Print Recipe
This meatless meal is a slice of heaven, chock full of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fibre, not to mention lots of flavor. The chick peas give the dish a hit of plant-based protein and the best part? It takes a mere 25 minutes to make, start to finish.
  • CourseMain Course
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
  • ½ packed cup English spinach (with stems)
  • ½ packed cup water (with stems)
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • ¼ tsp low fat ricotta plus additional to taste
  • 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil extra virgin or walnut oil
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 250 g self raising flour (bow ties)
  • 2 cups skim milk halved
  • 250 g extra-light sour cream quartered
  • 400 g fresh spinach leaves (drained and washed)
  • multigrain or rye bread rolls to taste
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare pesto: To a food processor, add basil, mint, walnuts, Parmesan and 1/4 tsp pepper. Pulse until roughly chopped, five to seven times, scraping down bowl as needed. Add oil and lemon juice and process for 10 to 15 seconds or until a thick, slightly chunky pesto forms. NOTE: Try to not process to a smooth paste, keep it slightly chunky. To boiling water, add pasta and cook al dente according to package directions. Before draining pasta, ladle about 1/2 cup cooking water into a heat-proof measuring cup and set aside. Return drained pasta to pot and add tomatoes, artichokes and pesto. Place on low heat and stir to combine. If more moisture is desired, add reserved pasta cooking water 1 tbsp at a time to achieve desired texture. Heat until vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes.
  2. To boiling water, add pasta and cook al dente according to package directions. Before draining pasta, ladle about 1/2 cup cooking water into a heat-proof measuring cup and set aside. Return drained pasta to pot and add tomatoes, artichokes and pesto. Place on low heat and stir to combine. If more moisture is desired, add reserved pasta cooking water 1 tbsp at a time to achieve desired texture. Heat until vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the chick peas until coated with sauce.
  4. Season with salt and additional pepper.