Roast Feta, Chickpea and Capsicum Pasta Salad

When you think life is slowing down a little as we head towards Winter, and then it doesn't, and you're busier than ever... and how on earth are you going to find time to cook a nutritious family dinner!? These are all our feels at the moment, and Maddy Trueman's new Ebook "Everyday Nourishment: Prep Ahead" could not have come at a better time. Full of nutrient dense, uncomplicated, family-friendly recipes, this might just be the most perfect unexpected Mother's Day gift for that busy mum or friend.

Maddy has been generous enough to share one of her simple recipes from the book. Her Roast Feta, Chickpea and Capsicum Pasta Salad is super simple, quick and satisfying. 

300g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red capsicum, sliced
2 shallots, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp dried oregano
3 tbsp olive oil
200g Danish feta
250g chickpea pasta
100g rocket
1/3 cup Sicilian olives
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees fan forced. Line a baking dish.
2. Toss the cherry tomatoes, capsicum, shallots, garlic, chickpeas, oregano and olive oil in a large bowl then transfer to the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove from the oven then add the whole block of feta and bake for a further 15 minutes.
3. While the vegetables are roasting, boil a large pot of salted water. Add the chickpea pasta and cook as per instructions, then drain.
4. Once the vegetables and feta are soft, remove them from the oven and use a spatula to mix the vegetables and feta until well combined. Stir through the pasta and allow it to completely cool.
5. Transfer pasta and vegetables to a large bowl and mix through the rocket, olives, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!
Maddy's Note's:
Salad will last up to 3 days in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. To increase the protein of this dish serve it with grilled chicken, fish, tempeh or boiled eggs. Chickpea pasta can be substituted with any other pasta.
This recipe is extracted from the ebook Everyday Nourishment: Prep Ahead. The ebook comprises of 16 easy-to-make, uncomplicated and nourishing recipes designed to make busy days easier.