Rick and I were in the produce section of our favourite grocer (Harmons) when we spied some fuzzy green pods that were not familiar to us. They turned out to be fresh Garbanzo beans -also known as Ceci beans or chickpeas. We took them home and then debated about the best way to use them- weÂ regularly use lots of dried and cooked garbanzos but have never used fresh before.Â
From whatÂ I could find about them, they have a relatively short season when they are available but I am considering planting some in our garden to experiment.Â They are delicious steamed and added to pasta- I thought they had a bit of a meaty texture and a nice fresh flavour. I evenÂ thought they were fun to shell – they start with a bit of a pop! I helped with that part. 🙂
The day before, I had invitedÂ some of the women in my familyÂ over for lunch and an afternoon of working on knitting projects. I made some sausages, onion and peppers for sandwiches and Rick used the leftovers in this dish.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Fresh Garbanzos & Sausage and Peppers
for the Sausage and Peppers:
- 6 sweet Italian sausages in casings
- 1 large red bell pepper, sliced about 1/4″ thick
- 1 large green bell pepper, sliced about 1/4″ thick
- 1 medium red onion, slicedÂ vertically about 1/4″ thick
- 2 count of olive oil
HeatÂ a large cast iron or other heavy bottomed pan with a lid over medium heat, add a two-count of olive oil and then the sausages. Cover and cook a few minutes until browned on one side. Use tongs and flip over then add the peppers and onions.Â Replace the lid and cook until the sausages are cooked through and the peppers and onions are soft. TasteÂ and add salt and pepper if needed and a small pinch of dried oregano, red pepper and basil if your sausages are not flavourful enough already.Â For sarnies, serve whole or sliced on toasted buns.
For the pasta:
- 2 cups fresh Garbanzo beans, shelled and steamed
- 1/2 pound of whole wheat spaghetti, cooked and drained
- left over sausage and peppers,Â links slicedÂ and heated
- freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Combine , heat through and serve to your taste.
Easy and fast and best of all prepared by Rick while I relaxed and read a good book
Â (PardonableÂ Lies by Jacqueline Winspear)Â on the couch. 🙂