USE YOUR NOODLE - Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Spaghetti is lower in carbohydrates than traditional pasta. As I mentioned above, despite generally wishing for pasta dishes with less, not more sauce, I wouldn’t mind this dish with 1 1/2 to 2 times the sauce. Subbed veg stock for the chicken, left out the pancetta and threw in some capers for added umami goodness. I’ll have to try this sometime! It’s fantastic, all of it. Although I’m not running the NY marathon, I’m running the Florence marathon at the end of the month (and ran the Belfast one in May). Deb! Next time I will actually use the right amount of chickpeas. I also added some black pepper and some more hot red pepper flakes. :) (I also actually enjoy washing dishes, there’s just something zen-like about it.). I love pasta and bean dishes, though I’ve typically trended towards white beans so the chickpeas would be a nice change. Moral of the story is that I think 12 oz of pasta is the perfect amount for the sauce. Drain the … Both types of people tend towards perfectionism; runners always want to beat their last time, go a bit further, cooks want their puff pastry to rise a little higher, to make those cakes just a wee bit neater. But, in case that’s just me, I’m sharing the recipe as written and if you are looking at the photos and thinking it needs a little more chickpea sauce love, go ahead and double it. Hubby and I DID run the NYC marathon and I wish I’d seen this the day prior! little guy even ate it! :-), I’ll bet your muscles have got glycogen to spare today, Deb! Ideas? I agree with Whitney, who commented above me – half the reason I work out is so that I can eat a lot! A good “clearing the cupboard meal” – plus I like that you usually have these things on-hand, so its good for those days you realize you haven’t been to the grocery store in weeks. It was delicious, though, with the salty pancetta and all of the onions and garlic. I give it 7 minutes in salted boiling water, then tested every minute or so until around 10 minutes. I’m not running but I will be heading over to cheer on a friend. I’m a novice runner — my first race was the Marine Corps 10K two weekends ago; yay! I’m not running the marathon this weekend but I will be running the Houston one in January. I will have to try this carbo-loading meal out on my marathon-running husband who, by the way, can eat any amounts of anything and not gain a single pound. We loved this! I am CONSTANTLY looking at your blog, cooking your food, and generally drooling over the pictures. Just found your website and I absolutely love it. I could certainly run to the kitchen to make this!! I run marathons and LOVE your blog. Like. Also used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock for the same reasons mentioned above. Looks awesome! That little boy of yours is so adorable and has such lovely hair! made tonight with a couple of anticipated and unanticipated variations… one was the italian deli was closed so instead of pancetta, I got bacon. I’ve been making the rosemary version with pasta shells for years. Runners do it before big races. Don't over cook it by even a little bit. This looks awesome, but I’m a vegetarian. Why do you need to post recipes as soon as I get home from the grocery store? EC 834/2007. ), so we’re not totally weird. I’m pretty sure I can sub the chicken broth for veggie, but what about the pancetta? Definitely making this again, carboloading or not!! This recipe looks amazing! so there weren’t that many chunks but OMG this was delicious. Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018. Looks delicious! I’m devoted to her and now on your site as well). The chickpeas actually have a good amount of protein and are way cheaper than most cuts of meat. Next time I will cut the pasta in half. A diet rich in potassium can protect our hearts, kidneys, and bones. I don’t think I fully appreciated eating until I became a distance runner. I just ran the Chicago marathon and have signed up for another half marathon this April. First time commenting…had to come out of the woodwork to say I know TONS of marathon runners who love your blog–myself included! But I know quite a few people who did! Thanks!!! Oddly enough – I’m planning on making a version of this dish tomorrow – yours looks so much better I think I will upgrade! I made this Friday night with extra pancetta (my three-year-old is allergic to dairy, so I thought–add a bit more of the other good stuff). What a great recipe. This recipe may look a little impetuous, or at the very least unappetising, but it is so much more than the sum of its parts. Yay! The texture seemed a bit sticky in the water as it cooked. I love chickpeas, especially in Indian dishes and the way my Afghan friend prepares it. Most of my favorite recipes have come from your site! Not sure – but the picture inspires me to tweak around and figure something out. :). I had no idea what to cook for dinner tonight, but now I do. and I ran yesterday for marathon #4! LOOKS, COOKS AND TASTES LIKE TRADITIONAL PASTA - With an appetizing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flair, Explore Cuisine's Chickpea Spaghetti is a healthy, easy-to-prepare pasta choice that will please the family and simplify your life. I doubled the tomatoes and halved the amount spaghetti. Or, simply leave it out? I always thought spaghetti with chick peas was my own little secret- this, well a more basic version of this- has long been my go-to comfort food. :), Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2017. Thanks Deb! Any opinions welcome! :). I am a avid fan of your website, and have tried most of your recipes. Flavorful, filling, and fast! Looks like a hearty winter meal- yummy! Your little man is beyond the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen. You need food that meets those standards. And salt. Yep, I’m a runner. I love your blog and I’m working toward running a marathon. Anyway, this dish looks very tasty, so hopefully I will be trying it out (with vegetarian adaptations) very soon! I tried this recipe tonite and it was delicious!! Having made this several times, I think half pound of pasta was perfect (with other ingredients remaining the same). It will counterbalance the cranberry-pecan pie in that I will have for dessert. Next up…your pasta dish thank you. Either way this will go on the carb-loading rotation as it looks delicious. I love your blog and other food blogs and I run; I did the Marine Corps Marathon last weekend. Diced tomatoes, chickpeas along with working on my pile of onions and garlic from our last farmers’ market and basil leaves I had frozen. Hello! You need the Power of Explore. Add chickpea mixture, tomatoes, and basil, and let simmer for 20 minutes. I actually like a ton of sauce on my pasta. I’m making it tonight. A vegetarion foodie, actually. And I food blog. I just wanted to check in and tell you I made this for our din-din last night and it was so so good! And half marathons every other weekend on my own, just for the heck of it. I made this recipe the day you posted it. Thanks! Wonderful year it has been! Also, I want you to know that your blog is how I found one of my favorite running (and more) blogs — hello Megan from Runner’s Kitchen. Hi Deb, Deb, thanks for the idea! Regardless, I LOVE your blog and have no need for an excuse like “carb-loading” to make a dish that looks and sounds this delicious. Please try again later. This recipe looks delicious! I love your blog – and I am a “run for fun” type (marathoner/triathlete). Had this for dinner last night – it was lovely. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Deb, to echo what so many others have said. Thanks, your recipes never disappoint! I made this last night, and I doubled the sauce recipe. I run to take care of my food habit :-). And obviously I love your blog :) I run to eat and I eat to run. I think your instincts are right on the sauce issue. The downside is that this spaghetti, once cooked, is a little pasty. Yes, I will take a plate without the run. Other than the odd texture, we were really pleased with these noodles. Made from chickpeas, Banza is powered by plant-based protein. Effective Feb. 26, 2020. My husband actually lived on spaghetti and chickpeas when he was a broke grad student. Other than that, I followed the recipe and it was delicious, flavorful, and incredibly filling and satisfying. Our pasta is made with organic chickpeas and lentils. 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Same as running a marathon. Ha! Pasta and chickpeas!? Thanks for sharing! Not that I *ahem* technically need to carbo-load. I used a half pound of fresh whole wheat pasta and plunked some arugula (along with the cheese) on the top once it was my bowl. I also do support crew for adventure/expedition races(think Primal Quest), which includes feeding the racers. Not in the non running category but not the extreme marathoner. And when it comes to carbo-loading, I think this spaghetti with chickpeas wins all trophies. so, you know :) Not running the NYC marathon tomorrow (one day! Can’t wait to try it. I love the comment about the marathon – it’s definitely ok to love carbs and not run marathons :). I eat meat, but not pork. The recipe was easily doubled using a 28-oz can of tomatoes and 2 cans of chickpeas. :D. This is the kind of thing I can really get behind even though running to me means what water does when it comes out of a tap. I will surely be making it to fuel up for my future marathons! Thanks! I only did the one this summer and my performance was um… less than stellar. But you know, just in case, I think I should have a double helping of this.. Seem that spaghetti with chickpeas is easy to make, i would love to try this one at home, mom would love this. I love saying it in Italian, Ceci. The doubled amount of sauce was just right for a pound of pasta. My family shares two passions, running and eating good food! My favorite smittenkitchen recipe (well, the one I make most often) is the Herbed Summer Squash and Potato Torte. Being a marathoner, a New yorker who is (sadly) not running the marathon, a serious food lover and quite the butter enthusiast…I have to say that we might have more in common than you think. Up until I tried the Channa Masala, I had dismissed chick peas as merely a topping that was only good for adding a little protein to a salad. Not this one :-(. USE YOUR NOODLE - Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Spaghetti is lower in carbohydrates than traditional pasta. However, my pre-race meal is Ina Garten’s butternut squash risotto. I’d caution eating too many beans before the race though for runners with sensitive stomachs. I am putting this on my “To Make” list for sure. Thanks Deb from way down south —. ;o). But, I tell you, the amount of delish cheesy buttery food that I got to eat this summer while training for an Ironman made the whole experience worth it. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Usually I have no trouble adapting a recipe to be meatless. I’m currently training for my first half marathon, and I regularly start our group runs with a rundown of what I’ve been cooking/eating lately. For the thrill. Time to have a marathon baking session, perhaps? We runners LOVE to eat! (I’m obviously very behind in my blog reading. Its not exactly the same obviously but its a good alternative. I recently made your warm chick pea and butternut squash salad and served it over pappardelle–yum! An excellent read. long distance hiking averaging 20-30 miles a day for 5-6 months. Read Genesis 1:29. It’s a pasta that everyone can eat, so gather your loved ones around the table, sit back and enjoy! I run and I cook and I truly believe that chickpeas and spaghetti are destined to be together. Hi Deb! Just printed out the recipe – making this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks great! i would never be able to make it that long, but i applaud those who can! Hooray…I will be carbo-loading for sure with this recipe! And you know what? Seeing as they run when not chased, I bet they also do dishes for pleasure and go to bed advisably early for a less cranky tomorrow. What would be a vegetarian option for subbing pancetta? I will make this again. ok, yum. I’m going to try it without the pancetta and veggie broth instead of chicken stock. I figured the combo of jet-lag and chilly weather was the perfect time to carbo-load and get some food-coma induced early sleep, so tonight was the night. 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