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Penne with Grape Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4

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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Everyday Food, March 2007

Reviews (22)

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    wordsnob, thanks, I get it now

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    wordsnob, thanks, I get it now

  • 4 Sep, 2008

    I added balsamic vinegar as opposed to white-wine vinegar and the flavor was much better.

  • 4 Sep, 2008

    I added balsamic vinegar as opposed to white-wine vinegar and the flavor was much better.

  • 3 Sep, 2008

    Not terribly flavorful. Perhaps with the addition of parmesean cheese it might be better.
    Pam

  • 3 Sep, 2008

    Not terribly flavorful. Perhaps with the addition of parmesean cheese it might be better.
    Pam

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Anita: Because that is a link. You'd click it if someone was being inappropriate.

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Anita: Because that is a link. You'd click it if someone was being inappropriate.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    I did as Amy did with the garlic and spinich. I did not use mozzerella. I used fresh grated parmesan cheese and topped each serving with more parmesan cheese. It was so good and quick. This is a real keeper.

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    I did as Amy did with the garlic and spinich. I did not use mozzerella. I used fresh grated parmesan cheese and topped each serving with more parmesan cheese. It was so good and quick. This is a real keeper.

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Why does it always say "report as inappropriate" after each comment?
    These comments are certainly not inappropriate......

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Why does it always say "report as inappropriate" after each comment?
    These comments are certainly not inappropriate......

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Fresh Basil instead of thyme. MMMmmmmm!

  • 2 Sep, 2008

    Fresh Basil instead of thyme. MMMmmmmm!

  • 19 May, 2008

    I sauted some garlic in olive oil, added a little spinach to that. Then stirred into the pasta as in step 2 above. I didn't use any vinegar. It was absolutely delicious!

  • 19 May, 2008

    I sauted some garlic in olive oil, added a little spinach to that. Then stirred into the pasta as in step 2 above. I didn't use any vinegar. It was absolutely delicious!

  • 19 Mar, 2008

    I included arugula which gave a much needed depth of flavor.

  • 19 Mar, 2008

    I included arugula which gave a much needed depth of flavor.

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    I plan to add canallini beans instead of chick peas, but it sounds great.

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    I plan to add canallini beans instead of chick peas, but it sounds great.