Garbanzo beans aka chickpeas. For good reason, they're rarely found fresh, only dried and canned. That's because they take forever to extract from their pods, an hour per pound and then yielding only a couple of scant cups of fresh beans! Before launching this task, I recommend a friend to help, a cold drink to savor and a shady spot on a hot summer day ... then settling in to simply enjoy. There's no rushing this job, it's not hard, just tedious.
But tasty? Indeed! The wrinkled-brain peas come one or two to a pod, some large and white and woody (toss these) and some small and underdeveloped (these too). And they're good raw, if a little raw-tasting.
Oh. And don't worry about access to fresh garbanzo beans for this great supper pasta, just use frozen peas which I have a thousand times before.
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PASTA with FRESH GARBANZO BEANS, OLIVES & BACON
Time to table: 25 minutes
This is a "concept recipe" so please do adjust to suit your own taste!
Cooked pasta (I used a beautiful spinach pasta from a local Chinese grocery that cooks up in only five minutes)
2 cups fresh garbanzo beans (or frozen peas)
3 - 4 slices bacon
Green onion, chopped
Plenty of black pepper (don't skip the pepper!)
Cook and drain the pasta. Steam the garbanzo beans (no need to steam the frozen peas).
In a large skillet, cook the bacon til just beginning to crisp. Add the onion and let cook a bit. Add the olive and let warm through. Stir in the steamed garbanzo beans or frozen peas, then the pasta. Season with pepper, toss and serve.
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