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Tunisian Pasta
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5 from 2 votes

Pasta with Tunisian Spices

A vibrant Tunisian pasta flavored with harissa and carom seeds. This is a complete meal packed with proteins from chickpeas, and veggies like spinach and mushrooms. The sparkling flavors will dance on your tongue for a long time.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Tunisian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 350kcal


  • 14 ounces orzo (another small pasta is also fine)
  • 6 cups chickpeas (canned or cooked till tender)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaping tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 5 cups spinach (or another quick-cooking green like Swiss chard)
  • 1 large onion (minced)
  • 1 large tomato (minced)
  • 3 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 heaping tbsp harissa paste
  • 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.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 743mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1594IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 5mg