Rocket Pesto Penne with Chickpeas

Rocket pesto penne

I should start by saying that I originally planned to post a raspberry cheesecake recipe which I made last week for our friends. I started writing the post on Friday and I wanted to finish it tonight. But before I could do so, I made this amazing penne with rocket pesto for my lunch and I immediately wanted to share the recipe with you.

I promise I will post the cheesecake recipe soon!

Rocket

This is exactly the type of food I make for myself when I'm home alone. I opened the fridge today, checking it for ingredients I could use to make my lunch. I didn't have many options. I must admit I usually can't be bother to do the big grocery shopping when I'm home alone. I often use all leftover ingredients instead. It's a wonderful opportunity to improvise and it makes me think outside the box. Even if my experiments don't work, I don't have to worry that two people would be hungry. :)

Penne with Rocket Pesto, Chickpeas and Goat Cheese

This rocket - chickpeas - goat cheese experiment worked great though. I just used leftover chickpeas and goat cheese from yesterday's salad and combined it with some fresh rocket from my garden. Easy, fast, fresh, perfect!

Rocket Pesto

My yesterday's lunch was similarly fast and easy. I picked some fresh radishes and cress from our garden and put them on rye bread with hummus for a light lunch. It's so wonderful having your own garden. I can't wait to pick fresh strawberries for tomorrow's breakfast.

Quick lunch

Rocket Pesto Penne with Chickpeas



Penne with rocket pesto, chickpeas and goat cheese
Serves 1

90g penne
100g canned chickpeas
50g fresh goat cheese

Rocket pesto
20g fresh rocket
10g pine nuts
1 small garlic clove
10g parmesan, cut into small pieces
pinch of salt
olive oil

Cook pasta according to package instruction.

Meanwhile, prepare the pesto. Put all the ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor and quickly process until ingredients are finely chopped. Be careful not to over-process. The texture should be a little chunky. You may need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides a few times to make sure all ingredients are well chopped and mixed. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and pulse a few more times. Add in more olive oil, as needed, until you reach your desired consistency. Check the seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

When pasta is ready, drain and return to the pan. Add the pesto and chickpeas and toss gently until the pasta is well coated with pesto. Transfer pasta on a plate, crumble goat cheese on top and serve.


19 comments :

  1. I think improvising is fun and you can make it up as you go along. Interesting combination of chickpeas and pasta too!

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  2. I am glad you posted this instead! Looks delish. Wish I had a fork that could go through the computer!

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  3. This is gorgeous. I adore chickpeas for their high protein content and delicious nutty flavour. The combination of ingredients in this dish is just perfect!

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  4. Gorgeous clicks! That pasta looks delicious. I think it's very practical to use what you have on hand, especially when it turns out as lovely as this dish did! :)

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  5. Oh, that is such a gorgeous dish! A scrumptious combination. Awesome clicks too!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Nice combination! I love all your photos of this lovely dish...

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  7. qué delicia! si es que la pasta va con todo. Unas fotos preciosísimas!!!! muchos besos

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  8. Such lovely Springtime colors and flavors!!!

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  9. Gorgeous! All those flavors together, no wonder you wanted to post it right away!

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  10. I love radish slices in my salads ... great spring flavors !

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  11. I have been adding chickpeas to everything these days; looks like pasta is my next experiment.

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  12. You did it right posting this recipe, it's gorgeous...I like the combination too...

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  13. Just how I love to eat, this looks fabulous. Yum, want it now!

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  14. Fantastic nutritional dish, do you have the carbohydrates form the pasta, vitamin from the rocket and proteins from the chickpeas!!!

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  15. Never tried chickpeas with pesto - will give it a go, I love chickpeas..might be a good idea with couscous too...mhmmm...

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  16. Gorgeous photos, just lovely. And this recipe, so simple but looks lux. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I had no idea this dish would be so successful when I was making it. Thank you for your comments!

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  18. this looks so healthy and yummy, great to balance out the sin that cheesecake is, but waiting in anticipation for that recipe too! photos lovely as always!

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