Chickpea Orecchiette with Harissa and Tahini | High-Protein Healthy Pasta | Rachael Ray


Chickpea Orecchiette with Harissa and Tahini | High-Protein Healthy Pasta | Rachael Ray

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“We’re going to do a chickpea orecchiette,” says Rach. “This is a plant-based insanely delicious meal!” It’s also healthy, vegetarian and high-protein, thanks to the chickpeas. The sauce is really interesting, too, she adds, because it’s creamy without any cream. She uses tahini instead, thinning it out with a little water and spicing it with harissa. The finished pasta is topped with lots of herbs, scallions, EVOO and za’atar. Yum! 

Pro Tip from Rach: You can buy za’atar, but it’s really easy to make your own. My blend makes one cup and keeps a few months in a tight container in a cool place. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup sumac, ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried thyme, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 1 tablespoon ground coriander and 1 tablespoon Urfa chili. 

Use it in her Chicken Shawarma and Tahini Caesar Salad, as well as on popcorn, in marinades and sprinkled onto pilafs and Greek yogurt drizzled with olive oil. 


    2 tablespoons EVOO1 carrot, finely chopped1 rib celery with leafy tops, finely chopped1 onion, finely choppedSalt and pepper 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or gratedOne 15-ounce can chickpeas, drainedOne 14-ounce can diced or crushed fire-roasted tomatoes 1/3 cup tahini½ cup warm broth or water2 tablespoons harissa paste1 pound orecchiette pastaAbout ½ cup chopped parsley, dill and/or cilantro A handful of finely chopped mintEVOO, for drizzling2 tablespoons za’atar (see Tip) or sumac Green or white onions, finely chopped (optional)

Yield Preparation

Heat water for pasta.   

Heat EVOO in large deep skillet over medium to medium-high heat.

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Add carrots, celery, onion and salt and pepper to taste and soften 5 minutes. Add garlic. Stir in chickpeas and fire-roasted tomatoes. Mix together tahini and broth or water in a cup to thin out, then mix in harissa and add to the pan. Lower heat to gentle simmer.   

Salt pasta water and cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions. Drain and save 1 cup starchy water.   

Toss pasta with sauce, half of the chopped herbs, starchy water and some EVOO. Top with za’atar or sumac, remaining chopped herbs and green or white onions (if using).   


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