Tunisian Pasta
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Pasta with Tunisian Spices

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Tunisian
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Vaishali Honawar


  • 14 ounces orzo (another small pasta is also fine)
  • 6 cups canned or cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 cups leafy greens like spinach or swiss chard or a mix
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 large tomato, minced
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp carom seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 heaping tbsp Harissa paste (see notes below for recipe)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta per package directions. Drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil and add the onions and garlic
  • Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened.
  • Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and leafy greens along with all powdered spices.
  • Stir, until the mushrooms turn softer and the greens wilt.
  • Add the cooked pasta, chickpeas and harissa to the pot. Stir everything well together to mix. Add salt to taste.
  • If desired, garnish with some chopped, fresh greens for freshness and texture.
  • Serve hot or cold.