Pasta with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Chard

Author:based on Vegetarian Times
Yield:6 Servings
Category:Main Courses


8 oz. penne pasta (or rotelle pasta)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried)
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 pinches saffron threads (optional)
15 oz. garbanzo beans, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved (to thicken)
28 oz. tomatoes, drained
1 bunches Swiss chard , stemmed and rinsed well (1 1/2 lbs)
1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated (or romano cheese)


  1. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta; stir to prevent sticking. Cook pasta until just tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika and saffron if desired. Cook, stirring often, until onion is tender, 8 minutes.
  3. Add chickpeas, reserved liquid and tomatoes to onion mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. If mixture becomes dry, add a little water to keep it moist.
  4. Meanwhile, in large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2" water to a boil over high heat. Add chard, cover and steam until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Remove chard and coarsely chop. Transfer to large bowl and stir in 2 teaspoons oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in pasta, chickpea mixture and Parmesan.


Nutrition Facts

6 Servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 826mg34%
Total Carbohydrate 54g18%
Dietary Fiber 7g28%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 15g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.