Chickpea & Chorizo Fideos

Chickpea & Chorizo Fideos

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2013

This quick, one-pot version of fideos, a toasted pasta recipe served in Spain, gets a smoky flavor from delicious chorizo. If you can't find Spanish chorizo, pepperoni works well in its place. Serve with a green salad drizzled with sherry vinaigrette.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ package whole-wheat angel hair pasta (7-8 ounces), broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chopped Spanish chorizo or pepperoni (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 3 scallions ( ½ bunch), sliced


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  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pasta pieces and cook, stirring, until toasted and browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and chorizo (or pepperoni) and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water, wine and the toasted pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in chickpeas and scallions and cook 1 minute more.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 472 calories; 18 g fat(4 g sat); 11 g fiber; 61 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 98 mcg folate; 12 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 534 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 95 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 455 mg sodium; 549 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Folate (24% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3½ starch, 1 vegetable, ½ lean meat, ½ high fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 12

June 04, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Oh, this was good I made this with linguini, because that's what I had, and couldn't find Spanish chorizo, so used pepperoni already slice for pizza. The only other thing I did different was add some smoked paprika, because the recipe said chorizo has a smoky flavor. Everything else the same. The pepperoni crisped a bit in the first step, which really added to the texture. The recipe was very fast and got five stars at my house. Pros: quick, easy
January 07, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Substitutions made it Amazing! I substituted 1/2 pound of Italian hot sausage for the chorizo. My daughter doesn't like tomato pieces, so I used crushed tomatoes instead. Browning the spaghetti was weird and pieces kept popping out of the pot when I tried to stir it. When this was cooking my daughter said, It smells like a fancy restaurant in here! This was good a good sign, as she is a picky eater. I added no additional salt or pepper and for the first time ever, no one else did after they were served! Everyone raved about this dish and asked how soon would I make it again. Next time I will try hot Italian turkey sausage to make this a little healthier. Pros: Quick, Easy
December 29, 2014
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By: thasweetestrose
Bland This was an easy recipe, but left me very disappointed when it came to flavor. Maybe I bought the wrong Chorizo, but there was no kick. I added red pepper flakes to turn up the heat, I may try a different chorizo or add a larger amount next time. Pros: Quick, Simple Cons: Bland
October 07, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
I admit that I was dubious about chickpeas and pasta, but this was smokey and delicious. I replaced the water with chicken broth and added some red pepper flakes in with the garlic and chorizo as suggested. Will keep the pepper next time, but don't feel the chicken broth really added anything. Water would be fine. Everything that came in cans was low or no sodium. I added one pinch of salt during the longest cooking phase and that was plenty.
January 26, 2014
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By: jclarke
good, but added flavor Once the dish was done and I tasted it, I decided it needed a bit more flavor, as some of the other reviewers have said. I added some basil, pesto, and pesto rosso. This did the trick! Pretty good... this will stay in my recipe box! Pros: fairly quick Cons: needed more flavor
January 16, 2014
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By: knyboer
Great quick meal My husband loved this recipe. I thought it was satisfying although something was missing , maybe it could use a little more spice. It was very fast and easy though! Pros: super fast and easy to cook Cons: lacking a little in flavor
November 08, 2013
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By: Sandy Hafenbrack
Loved it!! I made this dish as is and it was delicious. The chorizo added just the right amount of heat and no changes or additions were needed. I didn't even add salt. This is going into my favorite file. YUM! Pros: Easy and fun to make. I never toasted pasta before. Cons: None
November 07, 2013
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By: Sandy Hafenbrack
Loved it! I made this recipe as is and I loved it!! The Chorizo added just the right amount of heat. I didn't even have to add salt. This will be a favorite. Pros: Easy and fun to make, I never toasted pasta before. Cons: Nothing.
October 04, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Edible...but needs more flavor! Like a previous review, we found this to be on the bland side. I knew I was pushing it making something with chickpeas as my family isn't a fan of them. That being said, I ate it as is, my husband loaded his with hot sauce, my 10 year old picked out all the chickpeas and ate it, and my 6 year old picked out all the chickpeas and tomatoes, and then had her no thank you bites. I most likely won't make this again. Still on the hunt for new healthy recipes that my kids will eat!
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