RUSTIC PASTA W/ CHEESY CHICKPEA CRUMBLE & HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

rustic pasta with cheesy chickpea crumble and heirloom tomatoes - The First Mess

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I guess it’s time for my annual end-of-summer tomato recipe post? And somehow I always manage to squeeze in some chickpeas with my tomatoes (see here and here), so it’s a relief to know that some things never change—especially considering my weekly Pulse Pledge commitment. You’re all still on board, right? ;)

In the interest of total honesty, I’ve been in an epic cooking rut lately. I set out to make something for the blog last week, but then caught myself scheming up yet another noodle salad-y thing, and knew that I needed to step back. Something about the abundance this time of year that has me going the simplest route possible. Lots of smoothies and bowl mash-ups that give us more time to enjoy that golden (and fleeting) September light.

It’s also a transitional time, which is a confusing, but also kind of comforting, duality. In the same spirit of dressing in layers, I’m combining my foods for all the different temperatures and moods that are happening (and also enjoying masala chai lattes in my short shorts hehe). With this recipe, the peak-est of peak tomatoes simply marinate for a good portion of the day, and this forms the very rustic “sauce.” We top wide ribbons of pappardelle with the tomatoes and a roasted, cheesy, savoury, and totally incredible chickpea crumble/sprinkle.

Whenever I roast chickpeas to the point of crispy and brown, ideally I’m consuming them right away. Not the case here. You want that chew and slight dryness to be present. After they’ve roasted and cooled with some browned pine nuts, those chewy morsels are ground up into my new favourite version of vegan parmesan. I make batches of vegan parm every other week or so, but the base is usually 100% nuts and seeds. This version is a little more friendly on the wallet, and it naturally fits right in with the International Year of Pulses. I find myself craving it with almost everything, which is totally fine because it’s so wholesome.

So! To the rustic pasta, and cool evenings, the focus that seasonal shifts bring, and all the other good stuff of my favourite in-between season. Big hug this week.

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RUSTIC PASTA W/ CHEESY CHICKPEA CRUMBLE & HEIRLOOM TOMATOES RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 4
NOTES: I purchased some fresh lasagna sheets and just cut those into the pappardelle, but you could certainly use dried as well. If you want to double up on the chickpea goodness, you could even do this with a chickpea-based pasta like Banza.

2 heaped pints of small tomatoes
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small clove of garlic, finely grated
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced + extra
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked chickpeas
¼ cup raw pine nuts
1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 lb (454 grams) fresh, store-bought pappardelle pasta (see headnote)

Slice all of the small tomatoes in half or into bite-sized pieces. Transfer the tomatoes to a large bowl. Toss the tomatoes with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Towel dry the chickpeas as thoroughly as possible, and transfer them to a baking sheet. Toss the chickpeas with the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper. Slide the tray into the oven and roast until slightly crisp and browned, about 12 minutes. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and scatter the pine nuts onto the baking sheet. Roast pine nuts and chickpeas another 4-6 minutes, or until pine nuts are browned. Allow chickpeas and pine nuts to cool completely.

In a food processor, combine the roasted chickpeas and pine nuts, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, lemon zest, and salt to taste. Pulse until you have a crumbly mixture. Set aside.

Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. Transfer cooked pasta to the bowl with the tomatoes and toss. Top the rustic pasta with the cheesy chickpea crumble mixture and extra sliced basil. Serve immediately. If you have leftover chickpea crumble, it keeps in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about 4 days.

*This post was created in partnership with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada. All opinions/endorsements are my own. Thanks for supporting!

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