This meatless main-dish recipe practically overflows with asparagus, red pepper, pasta, and chickpeas. A spreadable herb cheese makes a creamy sauce for this 30-minute meal.
1. Generously coat a medium-size nonstick saucepan with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper to pot. Cook, stirring, for 6 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
2. Cook penne in boiling salted water for 12 minutes. Drain; reserving 1 cup pasta water.
3. Return pasta to pot. Over medium heat, stir in asparagus mixture, remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, chickpeas, cheese and nutmeg, adding reserved pasta water as needed to thin sauce. Serve immediately.