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Penne with Grape Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Adding chickpeas to the pasta makes this meal heartier and healthier; using thyme instead of more predictable basil perks up the whole dish.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2007

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ridged or plain penne
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pint (8 ounces) bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), halved, or 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add chickpeas to pot; immediately drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.

  2. Add tomatoes, bocconcini, thyme, oil, and vinegar to pasta. Toss, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a thin sauce that coats penne (you may not need all the water). Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Serve, garnished with additional thyme.

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  • anitarn
    25 SEP, 2008
    wordsnob, thanks, I get it now
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  • anitarn
    25 SEP, 2008
    wordsnob, thanks, I get it now
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  • TwoWheelTam
    4 SEP, 2008
    I added balsamic vinegar as opposed to white-wine vinegar and the flavor was much better.
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  • TwoWheelTam
    4 SEP, 2008
    I added balsamic vinegar as opposed to white-wine vinegar and the flavor was much better.
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  • pamcancook56@yahoo.com
    3 SEP, 2008
    Not terribly flavorful. Perhaps with the addition of parmesean cheese it might be better. Pam
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  • pamcancook56@yahoo.com
    3 SEP, 2008
    Not terribly flavorful. Perhaps with the addition of parmesean cheese it might be better. Pam
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  • wordsnob
    2 SEP, 2008
    Anita: Because that is a link. You'd click it if someone was being inappropriate.
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  • wordsnob
    2 SEP, 2008
    Anita: Because that is a link. You'd click it if someone was being inappropriate.
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  • lovetocook2
    2 SEP, 2008
    Anitarn: As hard as it is to believe, some people, from time to time, will make political statements or make snide comments on other contributers comments or questions.
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  • lovetocook2
    2 SEP, 2008
    Anitarn: As hard as it is to believe, some people, from time to time, will make political statements or make snide comments on other contributers comments or questions.
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