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Recipe Source: Teresa Mourad


1 pound fusilli or gemelli pasta
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Prepare pasta according to package instructions, making sure not to overcook. When pasta is almost done, sauté garlic in olive oil in a separate saucepan. Stir tomatoes and beans into the oil and heat through. The pasta should be done at the same time the other ingredients are hot. Toss them together with the cheese and basil. Season to taste. Serves 4 to 6.

Tips: Great northern or black beans can be used in place of the garbanzos. Add sliced red and green peppers to the vegetable mixture for a colorful flair.