Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chickpea Broccoli Alfredo {Vegetarian}

Day 354.

I realized recently that I've somehow neglected to make a simple Chicken Broccoli Alfredo this year. Our recent need for super simple foods made a chickpea version a great choice for today. In addition to swapping out the chicken for chickpeas, I used cream cheese instead of Parmesan and whole milk instead of cream. These decisions were primarily made due to what I had on-hand in the refrigerator. This is not a traditional thick alfredo sauce, but more of a thin coating, perfect for our sniffle-heads.

Chickpea Broccoli Alfredo
Adapted from Chicken Broccoli Alfredo.
Ingredients for 8 servings
  • 1 pound macaroni or other pasta noodles
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic 
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon House seasoning
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Cook pasta according to package directions adding broccoli last 5 minutes, drain. Set aside. 

Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic, milk (reserving a bit for slurry), garlic powder, and pepper. 

Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Stir in cream cheese and stir until melted.  Add a bit of milk to cornstarch to create a slurry. Add slurry to sauce.

Add basil and chickpeas to Alfredo sauce and heat through. Serve over hot, cooked pasta and broccoli.

The Results
This is good, but pretty bland. I thought about adding about 1/4 cup sauteed red onion and decided against it since we all have the sickies. If I make it again, I'd add the onion and maybe a dash of red pepper flakes to the adult portions. The kids and I all enjoyed this as is today with our sniffles and sore throats.

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  1. I like the idea of adding the red onions to this. I've been using chickpeas in cooking a lot more and we are really enjoying them. Thank you for sharing this great alfredo recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  2. Thanks April, we've been using a lot more chickpeas this year, too. I think the red onions will definitely be great when we're not craving bland because of our snuffy noses and achy bellies!