Real Simple Chickpea Pasta

This quick dinner recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes, who could ask for more after a busy day? My version was even quicker because I made a single serving for myself with gluten-free ramen noodles that cook in 4 minutes. Real Simple’s Chickpea Pasta with Almonds and Parmesan is easy to customize for any taste:

Here’s how they do it:

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
7 cups low-sodium vegetable (or chicken broth for non-vegetarians)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
kosher salt
1 pound angel hair pasta
1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

– Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
– Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, crushed red pepper, and ¾ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil.
– Add the pasta and cook, stirring, until the broth is nearly absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley.
– Divide among individual bowls and top with the almonds and Parmesan.

This recipe is easy to make for one person and you can use any kind of pasta you like. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

The Great Minnesota Get Together

Minnesotans love a fair. The first official state fair was organized in 1859 after Minnesota became a state, but territorial fairs had already been held for four years.
state fair sign

Eventually known as “The Great Minnesota Get Together,” the Minnesota State Fair moved from location to location in the early years. The first celebration was near the area that is now downtown Minneapolis. After that it traveled to Rochester, Red Wing, St. Paul, Winona and Owatonna.cheese curds

After the extensive efforts of civic groups, the Minnesota State Fair finally found its permanent home in 1885. Its current space was donated by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners and has grown from a 210-acre farm to 320 acres.sheep

In its long history, there have only been five years when it hasn’t been held: 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 because of the fuel shortages during WWII, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic. The Minnesota State Fair is now one of the largest state fairs in the United States by attendance, attracting nearly 1.8 million guests annually.
fair crowd

The Minnesota State Fair was a primary source used in this blog post.