Middle Eastern Macaroni 'N Garbanzos

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a healthy, flavorful, vegetarian dish. Great served with a salad and some crusty french bread, or alone for a nice, hearty lunch. Very filling, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large saucepot, cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat olive oil and margarine or butter over medium heat until hot and melted.
  3. Add onion and green pepper and cook 15 min.
  4. or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in garlic, salt, cumin, coriander, allspice, and black pepper and cook 1 min.
  6. Add tomatoes and garbanzo beans; heat to boiling over medium-high heat.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Drain pasta; return to saucepot.
  9. Toss garbanzo mixture with pasta and heat through.
  10. Mix in parsley.
  11. Garnish with additional parsley to serve, if desired.
Most Helpful

When I tasted the recipe just after adding the tomatoes and beans, I thought that the tomato flavor was too strong. But after it had cooked for five minutes, the spice flavors were absorbed and the tomato flavor was just right for my taste. I'll definitely make this again. It is very easy and takes almost no preparation time.

Folk Dancer January 14, 2003

Yummy, though the crushed tomatoes dominated the taste much more than I expected. I'd like to try this with a smaller can of diced tomatoes, rather than the larger can of crushed, so that the other flavors can shine -- I tripled the spices and the sauce still tasted more of tomatoes than I'd prefer.

Cheryl T-Z September 09, 2002

Very easy and cheap to make, very filling and delicious too!

Amirah July 30, 2002