GUYS I MADE PASTA AND IT TASTED LIKE HUMMUS ON NOODLES.
This is SO good. I thought of it last week when we did our whole vegan shenanigan, and I really like the idea of giving you guys and my gut a vegan recipe every once in awhile.
Hummus is one of those things that’s always touted as naturally vegan without any modifications so I thought….why not make the flavors of hummus coat a pasta? And why not stir some mint into that?
I did it, and it was REALLY good. It was raining on this particular day, so the photo gods weren’t exactly on my side. We watched Argo while we ate it, too, and I’d HIGHLY recommend that flick to anyone who lives under a rock like we do and hasn’t seen it yet.
Anyway. The pasta. It’s easy! You need 1 can of chick peas in their liquid, 1 lemon, some mint and parsley, tahini, pasta, olive oil, garlic, and smoked paprika. If you don’t have smoked paprika, no worries! Just use regular paprika and move on with your life.
First, we want to drain the chickpeas and toast them, but save the liquid. I make the sauce in a food processor, so I drained the liquid from the beans straight into the bowl.
Then, put the chickpeas into a large skillet with a little olive oil or cooking spray. Sprinkle them with smoked paprika – 1/2 teaspoon or so. We’re going to dry them out and toast them so they get nice and crunchy.
While the pasta is cooking and the chick peas are toasting, go ahead and roughly chop the fresh herbs together so they’ll be ready. This is mint from my “garden,” AKA a pot that sat on my back porch with zero attention for the last three months in the cold and magically made a ton of mint over the past few weeks. It’s a weed, that mint.
Put the other half and the garlic cloves in the food processor – they’ll thicken the sauce.
Add all the sauce to the pan you used to toast the chick peas. Stir it around for a minute or two to heat it though. See? It gets very thick. Add some pasta water, olive oil, veggie stock, water…anything you need to keep it thin enough to coat the pasta.
That’s it, friends! This was DELICIOUS, and really lovely with some extra herbs on top. The chick peas give a lot of protein, and the tahini in this is just so flavorful. Even non vegans will love it, trust me! Enjoy this one.
- 2/3 pound spaghetti or other long pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for serving
- 1 13 ounce can chick peas
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons tahini paste
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, plus extra for serving
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra for serving
- salt, to taste
- Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions. Reserve one cup of cooking water right before you drain the pasta.
- Meanwhile, drain the chick peas and reserve the canning liquid. Add the peas to a large skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil and the smoked paprika. Cook the chick peas for 10 minutes, shaking occasionally, until they start to brown on the edges.
- Roughly chop the parsley and mint together.
- To a food processor or blender, add the chick pea liquid, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and half the toasted chick peas. Blend to puree into a thin sauce. Taste, and add some salt to your taste or more tahini if you'd like. The sauce will be very thin.
- To the pan that you used to toast the chick peas, add the sauce over medium heat. Stir to warm through, and add some of the pasta water if the sauce gets too thick.
- Add the pasta, remaining chick peas, and herbs to the sauce. Toss with tongs and taste - add more salt if you'd like. Add cooking liquid or olive oil to smooth out the sauce so it evenly coats the pasta.
- Serve with extra smoked paprika, sea salt, or herbs on top. Enjoy!