Chickpea-Kale Linguine

This is like the ideal 30-minute weekday dinner. Starting this Monday I am working from our San Francisco office. And when I reach home, I feel so lethargic to even step in the kitchen let alone start cooking. After going over a few easy available alternatives to whip a quick meal I found this healthy yet delicious meal. For me, kale has always been boring and most avoidable kinda green. But bolstered by a dose of fresh garlic, red chili flakes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese it revamps from being dull to something eventful. And combined with chickpeas and whole wheat linguine is the best combination ever. Linguine not only adds fiber to the meal, but chickpea also adds just the right amount of protein. Moreover, it is a crowd pleaser and dinner is on my table in less than 30 minutes. Do I need to say more? Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients: Serves 3-4

12 ounces trimmed kale
3 large finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tbsp red chili flakes
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp virgin olive oil, to drizzle on top
2 cups drained and washed canned chickpeas
0.5 Barilla whole wheat linguine
1/2 cup + 3 tsp freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp unsalted Italian seasoning
Salt to taste


*Boil a large pot of water. Add a tablespoon of salt to the water
*Once water starts to boil, add pasta. Stir it and let it cook in boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
*Test the pasta until it’s al dente (when you taste it, it should be chewy).
*Drain the water and keep the pasta aside
*In a pot on medium flame add butter. As soon as it melts, add garlic and let it cook for 30 seconds.
*Now add kale, and cook it for 10 minutes or until it is tender. Add the chickpea, salt, chili flakes, oregano and Italian seasoning. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
*Now in the pasta, add the kale-chickpea mix and combine it well with the tongs. Add cheese and give it a last stir.
*Serve with garlic bread or Ceasar salad. Drizzle some olive oil and top it off with some cheese. Enjoy <3

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