Ruminations and recipes from a small kitchen in a big city.


Recipe for a busy time: spaghetti with chickpeas, garlic and prosciutto.

This is easy, fast and surprisingly good.

Take a can of chickpeas, a 500g pack of spaghetti, two cloves of garlic and a thick slice of prosciutto, diced.

Cook the spaghetti. Puree two-thirds of the chickpeas with the garlic cloves, a tablespoon of olive oil and a little salt.

Sizzle the prosciutto in oil in a pan and when almost brown, add the reserved chickpeas.

Drain the cooked spaghetti reserving a little fluid, place the spaghetti in the pan with the prosciutto and chickpeas and combine. Add a small amount of the pasta cooking water if necessary.

Transfer to serving bowls and top with pureed chickpeas and plenty of chopped parsley if you still have acres of it in your garden as I do.


jo said...

How do you get your parsley to not bolt? Mine is lovley for a few weeks and then SHAZZZAM...a goner.

kitchen hand said...

Jo, it does, eventually; but I get a good few months of excellent leaf. Probably climatic.

I also rip out and retain the plants when they bolt, lay them in a bare part of the garden and wait until they shed seed. I haven't planted new parsley seeds or seedlings for years.