Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Sautéed Chickpeas & Spinach

So often I am looking for quick, nutritious meals to make when my husband gets home from work before I run to the gym.  This fantastic meatless meal has it all.  Whole grains, greens, and protein (in the form of garbanzo beans/chickpeas).

The flavors in this dish are absolutely amazing.  A little garlic, a little spice, plus the chickpeas and spinach…awesome.  But the best part is, this one dish meal goes from pan to plate in less than 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Sautéed Chickpeas & Spinach
Adapted from Aggie’s Kitchen

8 oz whole wheat spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup onion, finely diced
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
6 oz fresh spinach
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large sauté pan.  Add the onions and cook until tender.  Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper, cook for another minute.

Add the chickpeas to the onion mixture and sauté for another 5 minutes. 

Once pasta is finished cooking, drain, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking water.

Add the spinach, pasta, and pasta water to the pan and gently toss.

Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and season with red pepper flakes, salt and parmesan.

Makes 4 Servings