Serious Eats: Recipes
Healthy & Delicious: Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Chickpeas, and Garlicky Greens
When you think of casseroles, health isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. More likely, it's Cream of Something-or-Other Soup, canned mystery meat, and gobs of butter and cheese. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Still, if you can make a casserole that's both nutritious and tasty as all get out, why not do so?
Adapted from Faith Durand's Not Your Mother's Casseroles (our Cook the Book last week), Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Chickpeas, and Garlicky Greens isn't the typical casserole. If you want to be picky, it's probably more of a pasta bake. But oh, what a pasta bake. Cheesy and savory and just a little nutty (whole wheat pasta tends to do that), it's a big bowl of food you won't feel guilty about.
Durand's original recipe calls for a 16-ounce box of pasta and a 10-ounce can of chickpeas. I only had standard-sized containers on hand (13.25 ounces and 15 ounces, respectively), so I used those. It turned out beautifully, and the lunch leftovers were the envy of the office.
In fact, the dish turned out so well, I've already bought groceries for six more of Faith's recipes.