5 Ingredient, One Pot Pasta Dinner

This 5 Ingredient, 1 Pot Pasta Dinner is a game changer for your busy weeknights.  Filled with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, pine nuts and lemon zest, this healthy dish will be on the table in just 20 minutes. And you can serve it as a vegetarian meal or use the options to make it heartier for the meat eaters in your family.

5 Ingredient, 1 Pot Pasta | Chickapea Pasta

Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners is here to share her Chickapea recipe of the month with you today: 

With the return of school days fast approaching, it’s time to do some meal planning!  What’s that you say?  Who has time to plan? I hate to break it to you but if you want to truly save time, you have to take a few minutes to seriously PLAN!  It will save your sanity and a ton of time in the long run.  I promise.

Ingredients for 5 Ingredient, 1 Pot Pasta Dinner | Chickapea Pasta

In this case though, I’ve done the planning for you so all you have to do is shop.  I’d love to do that for you too but here’s a secret – I don’t like shopping!  If I’m at the farmer’s market, I can spend all day there but your typical, every day grocery store?  Nope, I’m in and out in a hurry.  Hence, the five ingredients – ha!  And I ALWAYS have Chickapea Pasta on hand to make life easier.

Easy Weeknight Pasta Dinner with only 5 Ingredients | Chickapea Pasta

This easy pasta deliciousness packs a punch in the flavour department and best thing is, there are a ton of ways you can change it up.  Just take a peek at my recipe notes to see how to make it work best for your family.   Don’t you just love  1 pot pasta dinners?  Let’s uncomplicate life while still keeping it healthy!

Quick + Easy + Healthy Dinner with Chickapea Pasta | Chickapea Pasta

Here I added a little bit of chicken sausage and it pairs perfectly with those flavours.  I loved this meal because the touch of nuttiness in Chickapea pasta gives the dish that comfort food flavour.

What are some of your go-to recipes for the busy school year?  Share them with us on Instagram so we can see what you’re up to in your kitchen.  Use the hashtag #chickapeapasta.  Cheers!

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5 Ingredient, 1 Pot Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
This Sun-Dried Tomato, Arugula and Goat Cheese pasta dinner is a game changer for your busy weeknights. With just five ingredients, this healthy dish will be on the table in just 20 minutes. And you can serve it as a vegetarian meal or use the options to make it heartier for the meat eaters in your family.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces/ 227 g Chickapea Pasta Penne
  • 3 ounces/ 85 g goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup/ 55 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh, baby arugula
  • 2 tbsp/ 30 mL lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp/ 30 g pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta al dente, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water before and drain. 
  2. Return pasta to pot and immediately add goat cheese; stirring gently until goat cheese is melted and coating penne. If it appears too thick, add reserved pasta water a couple of tablespoons at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
  3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, pine nuts and lemon zest. Toss to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

So many variations can be made with this recipe!  For example:

  1.  For the meat lovers you can add chicken, chicken sausage, bacon, or pancetta.
  2. If the taste of sun-dried tomatoes is too strong for your little ones, use cherry or grape tomatoes.
  3. Likewise for the arugula, any green will do - spinach, escarole or watercress.
  4. If you want to change up the goat cheese you can mix a small amount of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes jar with lemon zest, and chopped parsley adding the goat cheese and mashing it well before tossing it with the hot pasta.
  5. Roasted red peppers and garlic  would also be a nice addition.
  6. Top it with Parmigiano-Reggiano if you need more cheese.
  7. Pine nuts are expensive so use what you have on hand.  Walnuts and almonds would be equally tasty.
Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient, 1 Pot Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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This Sun-Dried Tomato, Arugula and Goat Cheese pasta dinner is a game changer for your busy weeknights.  With just five ingredients, this healthy dish will be on the table in just 20 minutes.

13 Comments
  • Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
    Posted at 13:22h, 17 August Reply

    LOVE how pretty and yummy looking this pasta is!!

  • Jessie
    Posted at 22:36h, 16 August Reply

    Delicious quickie meal!!! Perfect for my weeknight!!

  • Michelle Miller
    Posted at 17:51h, 16 August Reply

    I love sun dried tomatoes– they must add that perfect pop of flavor and sweetness here! Delicious.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 18:29h, 16 August Reply

      We agree, Michelle. And for those who find them too strong, they can pop some cherry tomatoes in there!

  • Jenn Laughlin
    Posted at 13:11h, 16 August Reply

    You picked the perfect ingredients! Love this healthy and filing pasta dish and looooove that it’s one pot and loaded with chickpea lentil goodness!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:25h, 16 August Reply

      We know you love your chickpeas, Jenn – and you’re one pot healthy dinners! We’re big fans 🙂

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 12:44h, 16 August Reply

    I love Chickapea Pasta and this idea! Its so perfect for summer.Can’t wait to try it!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:29h, 16 August Reply

      We can’t wait to see what you create for us this time around, Teri. We know it will be spectacular!

  • marcie
    Posted at 11:59h, 16 August Reply

    This is just the way I love to cook on busy weeknights and I’m in love with these flavors! Adding this to the rotation!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:00h, 16 August Reply

      We are too, Marcie! And we love the options to ensure that everyone in the family gobbles it up 🙂

  • Taylor
    Posted at 11:55h, 16 August Reply

    This pasta looks so delicious!!! I can’t wait to make for dinner tonight!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:01h, 16 August Reply

      We were thinking of doing the same thing, Taylor!

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