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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Pesto

You would never guess that this smooth and creamy pasta sauce is dairy free. The secret comes from using dried chickpeas. It may take a bit longer (24hr prep time), but its well worth the effort.

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Process the ingredients together in a mini food processor until smooth, adding in as much of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes until the mixture is creamy (but still thick).ChickpeaSundriedPesto2

The sun-dried tomatoes and their oil turn this pesto a beautiful orange color.ChickpeaSundriedPesto3

Add pesto in with pasta, along with enough of the reserved pasta water until the sauce is the consistency you want. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with parsley.ChickpeaSundriedPesto4

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato & Chickpea Pesto
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Serves: 4
You would never guess that this smooth and creamy pasta sauce is dairy free.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried chickpeas
  • ½ cup unsalted cashews (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 oz oil packed sun-dried tomatoes (reserve the oil)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 oz GF pasta
Instructions
  1. To prepare dried chickpeas: combine chickpeas with 2 cups of water and place in a bowl. Allow to soak overnight at room temperature. Drain, rinse well, then transfer to pot with 3 cups of water and bring to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer, then cook for an additional 45 minutes. Drain.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Drain, rinse, and place back in pot.
  3. In a food processor, combine cooked chickpeas and remaining ingredients, except parsley, and process until smooth. Add in as much of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes until the mixture is smooth and creamy (but still thick).
  4. Add pesto in with pasta, along with enough reserved pasta water until the sauce is the consistency you want. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with parsley.
Notes
You can use 1 cup of canned chickpeas (rinsed) for a quicker version, but you won’t get the smooth and creamy texture as you will by using the dried ones.

 

5 Responses to Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Pesto

  1. Lesley July 7, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Did you use raw cashews and if so were they soaked?

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley July 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      I used roasted cashews that you get in the cans. Apparently you can buy ‘raw’ cashews from health food stores, but they have actually been steamed (to remove their toxin-urushiol). I don’t think you’d need to steam the ‘raw’ ones, but let me know if you try them in this recipe and how it turned out.

  2. Penny July 8, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Could you use canned chickpeas instead of dried? Would sure cut back on the prep time and it’s something I always have on hand for a quick salad base.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley July 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Of course you can, no problem. Although if you’ve never tried using dried ones (especially when making hummus), you’ll be amazed how much more creamy in texture they are then the canned ones. You don’t have that texture from the ‘skins’ – regardless how much you puree it. But either way, it will still taste great!

  3. Annitta July 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Thank you Marla. I love pasta and your recipe sounds delicious! I will get back to you to let you know how we liked it. Hugs, Annitta

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