Braised Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Chickpea Pasta + Le Creuset Giveaway

By Kiersten | Last Updated: July 24, 2014

Braised Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Chickpea Pasta Recipe

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Pasta night is the perfect opportunity for using up whatever you have in abundance. In the winter, I like throwing together pasta dinners with kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes from the pantry, but in the summer, the possibilities are kind of endless. Because everything! Is! In season!

(Okay, maybe not everything — but it seems that way when you’re at the farmers market in July and there are peaches and corn and summer squash as far as the eye can see.)

Pasta & TomatoesHeirloom Zucchini
I’m a total sucker for heirloom summer squash even though it doesn’t taste much different than your average green zucchini. But look: stripes! Any summer squash you can get your hands on will work for this recipe — the type of squash doesn’t matter, but how thick you slice it definitely does.

Braising is a cooking method where you first cook a food on high heat, then you add liquid and finish cooking it over low heat until it’s tender. With zucchini, if you cut the slices too thin, when they’re finished cooking, they’ll be mushy and fall apart. You don’t want that! Cutting them thick ensures that they’ll be tender all the way through, but still firm enough to keep their shape.

Le Creuset LidLe Creuset Saucier
For a little color, I added an assortment of grape and cherry tomatoes; to make the meal more substantive, chickpeas add a little bit of protein to the mix. And then there’s the finishing touch — gremolata, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and grated parmesan cheese.

Braised Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Chickpea Pasta
The best thing about this recipe is how adaptable it is. Green beans and fresh corn could be added in or substituted for either the tomatoes or zucchini; lentils or white beans could be used instead of the chickpeas. Not a fan of parsley? Switch out the gremolata with your favorite pesto. In the fall, try using kale or Brussels sprouts; in the spring, asparagus works perfectly with the bright lemony flavor of the gremolata.

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Braised Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Chickpea Pasta

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Total Time:

10 minutes

Yield:

4 servings

ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • Splash of dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
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instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucier over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Pour in a splash of white wine (about 2 tablespoons) and cook until it evaporates, about 30 seconds.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add the vegetable stock to the saucier. Put the lid on the pan and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
  3. Uncover the saucier and stir in the cooked pasta and chickpeas. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the chickpeas are warmed through and most of the liquid at the bottom of the pan has been absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and gently fold in the tomatoes, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the pasta into 4 bowls and top each with a tablespoon of cheese.

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Comments

I love all pasta and this recipe looks so fresh and summery that I can’t wait to make it! I work long shifts and I love to find delicious, healthy, quick dinners to make. I’ll have to subsititute the chickpeas (which I love) for another bean as one of my kids has an allergy. I’m looking forward to giving this a try… probably this weekend!

I love everything about this pasta dish…probably because I am huge fan of anything pasta! And, even if all the possible variations sound amazing, this one right here is the best, in my opinion! Summer in a plate!

xo, Elisa

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