Kale Marinara with Chickpeas & Zucchini Spaghetti
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This marinara recipe is a quick, easy and healthy vegan dish for the entire family. Instructions for serving over spaghetti squash or grated zucchini are included.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1 head of Tuscan organic kale, washed, veins removed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 28-ounce of diced tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 15 ounce carton cooked chickpeas, rinsed
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 large zucchini (or 1 large spaghetti squash)
  • 1½ cups of marinara sauce (use your favorite or prepared) I like to keep a couple of non-BPA cartons of Pomì marinara sauce on hand.
  1. Place a large sauce pan over medium high heat
  2. Add the canned tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper if using.
  3. Bring to boil. Add the kale. Cook down until there is no more liquid and just chunks. Add the marina sauce heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 15 minutes. Add the cooked chickpeas and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. While sauce cooks down, prep spaghetti of your choice.
Zucchini Spaghetti
  1. While sauce cooks down, prep zucchini. Grate the zucchinis using a box grater with larger holes. Cover grated zucchini with paper towels, squeeze to get out liquid and let sit for 15 minutes. Squeeze with paper towels again to get rid of water. Season with salt and pepper.
Spaghetti squash
  1. Prep the spaghetti squash by using a sharp knife to pierce 5 times. Cook spaghetti squash in microwave for 10-12 minutes turning midway through. When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. *If you don't want to microwave the squash, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Split the squashes in half and scrape out the seeds. Line an baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place flesh side down and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until fully cooked.
Orecchiette Pasta
  1. Follow instructions on box.
  2. Toss your spaghetti choice with the hot marinara. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe by Ordinary Vegan at https://ordinaryvegan.net/kale-marinara/