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Serves 4, adapted from HFW


  • 2-3 heads of spring greens or kale or a Savoy cabbage, cores removed and leaves shredded
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • ½-1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped,
  • or 2 good pinches of dried chilli flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves finely slivered
  • 250g pasta such as penne
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes, or until soft. Add the chilli and garlic and some salt and pepper, and continue to cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas with a pinch of ground cumin and heat through.
  • Cook the pasta until al dente, adding the greens to the pan about 3 minutes before the end of cooking. Drain the pasta and greens thoroughly and toss with the onion mixture in the frying pan.
  • Check the seasoning, then serve, with extra virgin olive oil for trickling.
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