chickpea puttanesca over polenta

Chickpea Puttanesca Over Polenta

A traditional Italian puttanesca gets a healthy twist with the addition of garbanzo beans. Served over delicious polenta, this satisfying dish is a real treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 18oz log prepared polenta sliced into 12 (I used Trader Joe's Organic Polenta)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives quartered
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mist with cooking spray, and then spread out the polenta slices evenly on the sheet. Mist lightly with the cooking spray and place in oven to cook until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the garlic, olives, and capers and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes. Simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 20 minutes.
  5. Add garbanzo beans, and adjust seasoning to taste.
  6. Divide polenta between 4 plates and top with puttanesca sauce. Garnish with basil if desired.

Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is 3 slices of polenta with about 1 cup puttanesca sauce
Each serving = 6 Points +

PER SERVING: 204 calories; 7.5g fat; 1g saturated fat; 33g carbohydrates; 8.5g fiber; 3g sugar; 8g protein