I want to start this recipe with a disclaimer. Tieghan makes amazing recipes. A lot of her stuff is in my arsenal, or on my to-try list. HOWEVER. I usually end up cutting out upwards of three or four ingredients of hers per recipe, because as nice as those things are, they’re there more for garnish, and don’t really add anything to the dish. Here, I cut… three things, but we’ve still got a damn amazing recipe here. 

The most expensive things you will likely have to get are the cherry tomatoes and the feta, but the rest you likely either have in your pantry/fridge, or can find them nearby for reasonable prices. You can still make this for a pretty reasonable price, and it makes enough for you to have leftovers and then some. 

Twenty Minute Mediterranean Hummus Noodles with Blistered Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 6 baby bell peppers (I used about half of what the original recipe recommends, found them cheap at my local grocery, look for sweet snacking peppers)
  • pinch sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • .75 lb thin spaghetti, or your personal preferred thin pasta (I went angel hair here)
  • .75 c of your favorite hummus (roasted garlic, here)
  • 1 c pasta cooking water (drain this off right before you’re done!)
  • 1 c fresh basil (I tore it, Tieghan isn’t really clear on if it needs to be chopped, diced, left whole, etc)
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • .25 c kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 T oregano, chopped
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 4 oz feta crumbles

Take a pot of water, salt it, and bring it to a boil.  While the pot warms up and begins to boil, take a large grill pan, pour 2 T olive oil in, and heat over high heat. Once heated, add the cherry tomatoes, baby bell peppers, and a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and grill until the cherries begin to wrinkle and grill marks appear on the peppers, flipping from side to side. The difference between pictures one to three here is about 10 minutes’ time, and pic 3 is what it should look like at the end of that time. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.

Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to instructions, until al dente. Right as it finishes, scoop off one cup of the water the pasta’s cooked in, and add it to a medium sized bowl. Then drain the pasta, and let it sit a minute while you get the next part ready. 

To the pasta cooking water, add the hummus, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes, and whisk together until you’ve got a thin sauce (see pic five). Let it sit a bit to thicken. Then, take your pasta, and toss it to coat with the sauce. 

Take 1 c of your blistered cherry tomatoes, put them in a small bowl, and smash them lightly with a fork, so that the juices are released. Stir in the oregano, chopped kalamatas, remaining 2 T olive oil, a bit of sea salt and pepper to taste, and balsamic, and toss to combine. 

When ready to eat, take the sauced pasta, add the tomato-olive mix, a few blistered tomatoes and peppers, and feta, and toss to combine, and then enjoy the amazingness!

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This one was a bit of work to put together, but honestly, it was worth it. The bread came from a one-off batch of beer bread that the people who do my sourdough at the farmer’s market came out with a few weeks ago.  The hummus and soft eggs both come from existing recipes that are linked in their listing in the ingredients.

And honestly, the rest I winged, and made a few changes to.  Either way, the resulting breakfast was utterly perfect.  If slightly long on the title; anyone with any ideas on how to shorten it, I’m all ears.

Dukkah is another new and interesting spice blend I recommend; I got mine from the Spice Sage, as no one around here does it.

Soft Eggs with Hummus, Roasted Olives, Tomatoes, and Capers, Goat Cheese, and Dukkah
Lasts appx five days of breakfast in the amts I made it

Ingredients

  • equal amounts cherry tomatoes, quartered; kalamata olives, whole; capers (mine was appx .5 c on all)
  • olive oil
  • soft goat cheese
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • bread
  • soft eggs

Preheat your oven to 400, and combine your quartered cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and capers with olive oil in a small baking dish. Roast for 20 minutes, and remove.  Mix your goat cheese in with the roasted salad.

Take a slice of bread, and spread the hummus over it. Put a soft egg on top, splitting it so that the yolk spills over it. Sprinkle dukkah on the bread. Scoop some of the salad, and sprinkle the dukkah on that.

And then enjoy your slightly nontraditional breakfast!

So, kinda forgot a progress shot in this, as it does not go straight from simmered chickpeas to the godly hummus. There are a few things you add in between.  😉  But, once you’ve got your head of roasted garlic and simmered your chickpeas, it’s pretty quick after that.

Roasted Garlic Hummus
Makes a pretty good sized container of hummus (enough to fill a small takeaway container of miso soup)

  • 1 head roasted garlic (see link above)
  • 1 14 – 19 oz can chickpeas (I think mine was about 16 oz, DO NOT DRAIN)
  • 2 cloves garlic (unroasted)
  • ¼ c tahini paste (look in the middle eastern section of your grocery store, I found a big jar for about $5)
  • ¼ c lemon juice

Put your undrained can of chickpeas in a small pot and simmer for about 5 minutes.  While you’re doing this, squeeze the roasted cloves of garlic out of the head by squeezing at the base of each unpeeled clove, and add it to your blender.  Add the rest of the ingredients, followed by the simmered chickpeas.  Blend, and enjoy the resulting hummusy goodness.

EDIT: If you want a stronger garlic flavor, double the amount of unroasted garlic, and add another half head of roasted garlic.