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Farfalle pasta is mixed with chickpeas, fresh herbs, and specks of red chili, all coated in a lemon oil dressing. The dish is presented on a white plate.

Lemon Chickpea Pasta

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  • Author: Margaretha @myconvenientkitchen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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Lemon Chilli Dressing:

  1. 1 tablespoon Lemon zest, finely grated
  2. 2 tablespoons Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  3. 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed
  4. 1 Long red chilli, halved lengthways, seeds discarded, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 tablespoon of Honey, optional
  7. Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. 320g Farfalle
  2. 800g canned Chick peas, rinsed and drained
  3. 140g Spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  4. 1/2 cup Basil, roughly chopped
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste
  6. 100g Ricotta, crumbled, for serving
  7. Extra virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling


Lemon Chilli Dressing:

  • Combine the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and thinly sliced chilli in a medium sized bowl.
  • Slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil while whisking continuously to emulsify the dressing.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning with salt, black pepper, and honey if desired. Let it rest.

For the rest:

  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water, and keep pasta warm.
  • Meanwhile rinse the chickpeas and mix into the lemon chilli dressing. (See Note 1)
  • Mix the marinated chickpeas through the farfalle, adding pasta water to loosen the mixture a little at a time as required. 
  • Toss through the spinach and basil, and then season. Serve immediately sprinkled with ricotta and drizzled with extra oil.


  1. Marinate the chickpeas in the dressing for up to an hour – If you have a little extra time, this step will enhance the flavours.
    Make the dressing and pour it over the chickpea mixture. Toss to ensure even coating. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to an hour, stirring halfway through to ensure thorough marination before adding to the pasta.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean