Are celebrity recipes life changing? Drew Barrymore’s Chickpea Pasta is, according to the actor-turned-talk show host. the charlie’s angels alum made her chickpea pasta recipe on TV in 2020. Along with explaining why it changed her life, the 46-year-old shared her secrets – and some tips – for making the pasta dish à la House.
Drew Barrymore likes to make ‘very healthy versions’ of her favorite foods
Barrymore got candid during her first solo cooking segment on The Drew Barrymore Show in September 2020. The mother of two opened up to the public about how she changed the way she cooks. After professing her love for food, Barrymore said she had been “on a wrecking ball pendulum swinging back and forth” between “heavy, thin, heavy, thin”.
So she took a closer look at her eating habits and decided to make “healthy alternatives to dishes” she likes because cutting them out wasn’t working for her. “When I was on a chicken and broccoli type diet and working out all the time, here’s what happened. I would go off the rails and my pendulum would swing all the way,” she explained. So I tried to find foods that actually look like the foods I like, but very healthy versions.”
Chickpeas are the “secret” to Drew Barry’s pasta recipe
That’s where Barrymore’s chickpea pasta dish comes in. She is ‘not private’ and ‘totally enjoys’ making the pasta which is ‘really near and dear’ to her.
“I could eat pasta all the day of my life,” she told the audience. “I have the metabolism of a sloth sleeping on the switch so unfortunately I can’t.” His solution? Make a simple trade. “So I’m going to make spaghetti today that’s actually made with — a secret ingredient — chickpeas,” she said before adding, “this pasta has changed my life.”
While the secret to the recipe (get all the details on The Drew Barrymore Showit’s official website) it’s the chickpeas the star of the dish is the sauce. Barrymore, a self-proclaimed “bird’s brain” in the kitchen, demonstrated just how easy it is to do, telling the audience “if I can do it, believe me, anyone can do it”.
According to Barrymore, the thing that takes the most time is cutting the cherry tomatoes. “All this sauce should take 10 minutes,” she said. Why is it such a quick sauce? It’s simple, but it doesn’t require a lot of preparation. Barrymore throws garlic in the pan with the skin on, a tip from chef José Andrés that she described as a game-changer.
“You’re just going to keep cooking it. Eventually the cherry tomatoes will sort of open up but stay intact enough and you have what looks like a restaurant dish,” she said.
Drew Barrymore’s secret trick is to add harissa paste
Now onto Barrymore’s not-so-secret secret. “My secret tip is that I love a little harissa paste,” she said. The Tunisian spice, which she adds in dots all around the pan, gives the dish a “nice and smoky spicy” element.
Don’t like spices? Skip the harissa paste and go straight for the tomato paste, which Barrymore also adds to the sauce.
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