Here’s a quick and easy meal you can whip up after a long or hard day. Hummus seems weird to put in pasta, I know, but its really creamy and packed with protein, minerals, and flavor. You could use jarred roasted red bell peppers if you wanted…also few red onion chunks would be good thrown in with the red bell to broil. I used parsley but I think this would have been even better with arugula (my bulk arugula looked terrible this day so I didn’t buy). It would also be great with some olives thrown on top.
You could use store hummus instead but you have to wait for the pasta to boil anyway and it tastes so good + you’ll have some hummus leftover for lunch or snack tomorrow, so win-win.
creamy lemon garlic hummus pasta with broiled red pepper, chili flake, and parsley
4 servings dry pasta (I used bulk GF brown rice pasta but use whatever you want)
1 large red bell pepper
1 can chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved (equivalent of ~1.5 cups freshly cooked)
1/3 cup creamy tahini
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 or more cloves garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil (or sub chickpea liquid)
big handful parsley, leaves removed and stems saved for stock or composted (i think this would be even more relish with arugula but I didn’t have any)
to serve: chili flakes, flaky sea salt, lemon wedges, and optional nooch or vegan parm (I didn’t use but would be good)
Start a pot of water boiling. If you have an electric kettle, I’ve been using that to boil the water first and it cuts the time so much.
While you’re waiting, slice the bell pepper into 1/4 inch thickish strips and toss with a touch of olive oil. Put it on a baking sheet and put under the broiler, let it run about 5-10 minutes, depending on how close the sheet is to the broiler, be careful not to let it char too far.
Your water should be boiling, dump in the pasta, stir and set a timer for how long it states on the box or bin.
Next, start on the hummus: dump in the can of chickpeas, lemon zest + juice (approx 3 tablespoons), garlic, salt, tahini. Let the processor run to get it mostly smooth, then add in the olive oil or chickpea liquid with the machine running. I found I needed to add in an extra tablespoon of water/liquid, but this will depend on your beans. Eyeball it and don’t worry.
Check on the red peppers, toss if necessary, and drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with enough hummus to coat it (use more or less as you see fit) and then top with the bell peppers, chili flakes, parsley, chili flakes, and lemon wedges.
Serve and eat! Store any leftover hummus for about 5 days in a sealed container in the fridge (like a jar or snaplock) although I doubt it will last that long.