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Pasta with Lemon Spinach and Chick Peas

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time12 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time32 mins

This recipe for Pasta with Lemon Spinach and Chick Peas is a fresh and bright vegetarian pasta. Chick peas provide a source of protein and fiber, and the wilted spinach adds a dose of iron. Lemon gives this dish a bright flavor and the crushed red pepper – well add as much as you like for an additional kick!

With this Pasta with Lemon Spinach and Chick Peas you won’t even realize you’re eating healthy!

Pair Recipe with Pasta with Lemon, Spinach and Chick Peas with:
Springtime Hummus Bowl with Roasted Veggies

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 Colavita Exrtra Virgin Olive Oil
 2 garlic cloves, crushed
 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, divided
 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
 12 oz Colavita Gemelli pasta
 2 bunches flat-leaf spinach, trimmed, large leaves torn in half (about 8 cups), divided
 1 tbsp (or more) fresh lemon juice
 1 tbsp (or more) thinly sliced preserved lemon peel (optional)
 1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
 Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente (about 5 minutes for fresh pasta). Drain and reserve 1 cup cooking water.


Heat 2 tbsp Colavita olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute.


Add 1 bunch spinach; cook, tossing, until wilted, about 1 minute.


Add pasta to skillet and toss to coat. Add lemon juice, preserved lemon peel, and remaining ½ tsp red pepper flakes and toss to combine; season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice and preserved lemon peel, if desired.


Add remaining spinach and mix in chick peas. Add a little of the reserved pasta water and toss until slightly wilted, about 1 minute.


Garnish with lemon zest, Parmegiano Reggiano cheese and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6