Vegetarian Chickpea Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower {#VegItUp}

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

This Vegetarian Chickpea Pasta is healthy and beyond delicious, with roasted cauliflower, caramelized onions, spinach and hazlenuts mixed in ! 313 calories and 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

Serves 6


    The onions

    The cauliflower

    • 3 cups small cauliflower florets
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

    The pasta

    • 8 oz. whole wheat penne pasta
    • 2 cups (packed) spinach leaves
    • 1 (14 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
    • 1/4 cup minced, flat-leaf parsley
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


      The onions:

      1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onions, cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown.
      2. During the cooking, add water as necessary to stop the onions from burning and drying out. You may need as much as ½ cup. Be sure that all of the water is absorbed before removing from the heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon dried thyme.

      The cauliflower:

      1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
      2. In a small bowl, toss the cauliflower with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
      3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast until the cauliflower is tender and starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

      The pasta:

      1. While the onions and cauliflower are cooking, bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Scoop out and reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta.
      2. Add the cooked pasta, reserved cooking water, roasted cauliflower, spinach, chickpeas, Parmesan and hazelnuts to the caramelized onions. Stir to combine.
      3. Stir in the parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.


      Recipe Notes

      Weight Watchers Points: 6 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 8 (SmartPoints), 8 (Points+)
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