Whole grain spaghetti tossed with homemade tomato bruschetta, chick peas and grated Pecorino Romano cheese is a tasty, quick weeknight dinner.
It’s inevitable, I always make too much food when I’m entertaining. Especially when I make a variety of items, I’m bound to have leftovers. Bruschetta is one of those recipes that I purposely make extra of.
Not only does it taste great as an appetizer, my family also loves it served on top of breaded chicken cutlets and tossed with pasta for a quick weeknight meal like this recipe for Whole Grain Spaghetti with Bruschetta and Chick Peas.
What is Bruschetta?
Bruschetta is made with fresh garden tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic and cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette and generally served on top of toasted slices of Italian bread. It’s one of my family’s favorite appetizers and is also easy to make.
How do you make Bruschetta?
You can find the complete instructions on how to make Bruschetta in this post, but you’ll need plum tomatoes, onion, basil, garlic, Pecorino Romano cheese, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and EVOO.
If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can purchase it at your local grocery store already prepared.
How do you make Whole Grain Spaghetti with Bruschetta and Chick Peas?
For this recipe you’ll need whole grain spaghetti, prepared bruschetta, chick peas, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, Kosher salt, and black pepper. I opted to use whole grain pasta, but you can use whatever pasta you like best…gluten free, regular, vegetable, etc.
Prepare pasta according to package instructions; then drain pasta in a colander and reserve 1 cup of the water to use in the pasta. Add the bruschetta and rinsed chick peas to the pot and allow to heat through for about 5 minutes.
Next, add the pasta, pasta water and cheese; mix well and season with salt and pepper. This Whole Grain Spaghetti with Bruschetta and Chick Peas is a quick weeknight, meatless meal.
It has so many wonderful flavors including fresh tomatoes, basil, Pecorino Romano cheese and chick peas; which add another dimension of texture and added protein to the dish. ~Enjoy!
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- Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain water reserving 1 cup to use in the pasta.
- Add the bruschetta and chick peas to the pot and allow to heat through for about 5 minutes.
- Add the pasta, pasta water and cheese; mix well and season with salt and pepper.
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*Originally shared April 2013/Updated January 2020