I am obsessed with rustic Italian cooking right now.
I found David Rocco on the Cooking Channel, and his show Dolce Vita. In the newer episodes of his shows, he and his wife, along with their twin baby girls, live in a 500 year-old Tuscan farmhouse. David often cooks outside with twins in tow, and shows how simple and delicious rustic cooking can be.
This recipe was the first of David’s I tried, and is now one of my favorite go to comfort foods, and so I had to share it.
So easy, so amazingly flavorful, healthy, and just plain yummy.
Start out with these simple ingredients…
- 1 can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
- A couple springs of fresh rosemary
- 1 medium onion
- Good olive oil
- Salt & fresh ground pepper
- About 2 cups of water
Chop the onions, and pull off the thistles from the rosemary. Heat about 1/4 cup of olive oil in medium sauce pan, and add onion and rosemary.
As the onion and rosemary are crisping up, add salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the edges of the onion begin to get a light crispy brown.
Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas. Pour them in with the onion and rosemary. Then using a fork, mash about a third of the chickpeas.
Add about 2 cups of water, and stir.
Bring to boil, and then turn down to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. You may drizzle with a little olive oil, or add grated parmesan cheese when you serve. But I like it just as is, and the flavor gets even better if you can find yourself able to save any for later. Very hard for me to do.
Cooking is truly one of life’s pleasures.
You don’t have to be a chef, but making delicious food sure makes you feel like one.