Pasta with Green Vegetables (Pasta Verdure Verde)

  • Yield: 4 servings

You can use penne, ziti or rigatoni instead of orecchiette pasta. If broccoli rabe is too bitter for you, substitute broccoli. The pasta water combines with vegetable cooking juice and the chickpeas to form a light sauce coating the pasta. You can use any seasonal green vegetable.


1 (16-ounce) package orecchiette pasta
2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
1bunch broccoli rabe (rapini), heavy stem ends removed and discarded, remainder chopped
1medium zucchini, chopped
1cup drained canned chickpeas, rinsed well
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for sprinkling, optional


  1. Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water to cover according to package directions until tender but still al dente. Drain, saving 1 cup pasta cooking water for later use. Rinse pasta in cold water to stop cooking; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute 3 minutes until lightly browned. Add garlic and broccoli rabe and continue to saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini and saute 3 minutes until all vegetables are very tender. Add chickpeas and reserved 1 cup pasta cooking water. Simmer 1 minute to combine flavors. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add basil and cooked pasta. Combine well and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese, if desired.  

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 596
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 38mg
  • Carbohydrate 103g
  • Fiber 10g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 22g