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Rigatoni with Greens

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Kosher salt

1 pound mezzi rigatoni pasta 

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained well on paper towels 

2 cloves garlic, smashed 

1/2 teaspoon chile flakes 

3 tablespoons capers, rinsed 

1 bunch Swiss chard (or baby spinach), stemmed, leaves chopped into 1/2-inch strips 

1 3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just short of al dente, 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 1/4 cups of the pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chile flakes and capers and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the Swiss chard and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook until wilted, 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and simmer for 1 minute. Add the drained pasta and sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups of the Parmesan and the lemon zest; toss well to coat. Add 1 cup more of the reserved pasta water and the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Simmer until the pasta is al dente, the sauce has thickened and the flavors have come together, 2 minutes. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and serve.