Rigatoni with Chickpeas + Chard

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This year, Garrett & I have gone alllllllllllll out for Valentine’s Day.

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By this I mean, I put on a real pajama set instead of baggy sleepies and have a blackhead eliminating face mask on until he arrives home from work so he will think I am young and supple.

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Once he arrives, the real fun will begin. HOMEMADE PIZZAS, PEOPLE, CAN I GET A HOORAH?! The night will cap with a viewing of last night’s episode of The Bachelor. Just what will Corinne do this week?!

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We exchanged presents this weekend. He got me a Target shopping spree!!! Meaning he went with me to Target, pushed the cart and let me buy $200 worth of home decor stuff I did not need!!! I got Garr an afternoon of helping me scrub the blinds in all of our rooms. He just can’t stand a dusty blind, and neither can I! Match made in heaven!

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I’m sorry if this post made you all sad you’re not as in love as we are…



Time: 30 minutes | Serves: 4-6


  • 1 box of rigatoni
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 2 tbsp. of capers
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard, stems removed + leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup of parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat one tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add chickpeas, cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until browned + crisp to your liking
  • Add capers + cook another minute
  • Add swiss chard + lemon juice + crushed red pepper + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente
  • Reserve a cup of the cooking water + drain pasta
  • Add reserved water to chickpea + chard skillet, let cook for 2 minutes
  • Turn off the heat, add pasta to skillet + cheese directly on top of pasta, stir + warm for 1-2 minutes
  • Drizzle with remaining olive oil + serve warm with extra cheese
  • Serve to sweetie with a smile + no fork + ask him to lap up like animal


Giada made this on Food Network the other day & this is my version from memory because I am so smart!!!!!!!


22 thoughts on “Rigatoni with Chickpeas + Chard

  1. anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Well Rachel, you had WAYYYY more fun than I did this past weekend, but I DID make a pizza tonight from Trader Joe’s pizza dough! (And Trader Joe’s marinara sauce, shhhhh.) Oh, and hubby said I could buy some new pots and pans today, which I did online because I’m lazy that way and it was free shipping, but they were RED! So kinda Valentine-y, right?

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  2. hveagar says:

    Excellent recipe. Looks delish! I’ve followed you as your page is very inspiring. I hope you do the same, as you may find mine the same, I practice naked cooking like jamie oliver, I’m conducting the half-blood princess project.


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