Monday, April 07, 2014

Fresh Chick Peas With Pasta

Have you tried fresh chickpeas? They come in small, fuzzy pods much like favas that hold one or two peas. I'll warn you, a large bag yielded about 3 cups when all was said and done, and it was a shitload of work. It took about an hour to get them podded, blanched, and slipped out of the inner skins. I mean, they're beautiful, and the boys ate every last bit-but they're work. Don't say I didn't warn you.

You Will Need:

(about) 2 pounds fresh garbanzo beans
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
A good grinding of black pepper
Dried thyme to taste (I like quite a bit)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup heavy cream to finish
Grated hard cheese to finish (I had Pecorino)

Cooked pasta to serve over, or a nice crusty bread.

Pop the peas from the pods, then blanch in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain, and refresh under cold water. Remove the thin skin from each pea-they will split as you do this. Set aside.Chop the garlic and preserved lemon.  Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add the peas, garlic, lemon, and seasonings. Watch it to make sure you don't burn the garlic, stirring often. Meanwhile, boil the pasta. In the time it takes the pasta to cook, your chickpeas should be cooked through. They will not be soft like the dried variety are after cooking-they will maintain a bit of hardness. Remove from heat, and stir through the cream. Serve immediately over hot pasta, and scatter on some cheese.


pastcaring said...

Only ever had dried chick peas, or tinned - I had NO idea they were that bright green! How stupid am I?! xxx

Goody said...

Not stupid at all-I never saw them until we started shopping at the Mexican grocer. It would be fun to make hummus from them-fool everyone into thinking it is guacamole until they taste it.