When you have busy weeknights that call for something quick and easy, give this chickpea pasta recipe a try. It’s as simple as can be, but tastes undeniably good, with chickpeas, spaghetti, and spinach all smothered in a luscious cream sauce.
Everything comes together in just 20 minutes, and even better, using only pantry staples. You’ll have no trouble cooking up a dish or two for a fuss-free family meal.
Why You Should Try This Chickpea Pasta Recipe
Everything this dish requires can be found right in your pantry. You should have no trouble assembling the ingredients and throwing together a quick dish for your dinner night.
Chickpeas are quite affordable, whether they’re canned or dried. The same thing goes for other ingredients in this recipe since they’re pantry staples that you probably already have on hand.
Even with simple ingredients, this dish doesn’t fail to deliver amazing flavors. The starchy and nutty chickpeas marvelously intertwine with the tender pasta, both of which are made more flavorful by earthy spinach, subtle aromatics, and velvety smooth cream sauce.
Is Chickpea Pasta Healthy?
Yes, it is.
As the name suggests, this pasta is loaded with chickpeas. This legume is an excellent replacement for meat in vegan recipes because of its protein content. Furthermore, it also comes with various other essential nutrients, which gives it potential health benefits like aiding weight management and improving digestion. Naturally cholesterol-free and low in sodium, chickpeas may also promote heart health.
We also kept an eye on important dietary components to make sure they are within acceptable limits. As such, each serving contains approximately:
8.4 g saturated fat
587 mg sodium
Ingredients for Chickpea Pasta
As previously mentioned, the ingredients are all pantry staples, so you’ll have no trouble assembling them at any moment. Here are all you’ll need to put together this dish:
Chickpeas: Keeping things quick and simple, we used canned chickpeas. You only need to crack open the can, strain the water, and rinse them off. You can also use dried chickpeas, although it might take longer to prepare.
Pasta: We went with spaghetti since it’s such a pantry staple, but you can use anything available. If you don’t like long pasta, medium-length varieties like penne, farfalle, or fusilli will also work.
Vegetables: To add a pop of green to the dish, we included some spinach. The overall taste is quite mild, so this veggie also brings a few earthy notes that diversify the flavors.
Aromatics: With tiny pieces of shallots and garlic, our dish gets a peppery undertone that subtly kicks up the overall flavor.
Dairy Products: We used a mixture of milk, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese to create the creamy and delicately sweet pasta sauce.
1. Is this chickpea pasta vegan?
This recipe includes parmesan cheese, which means it’s not vegan. However, since it’s already meatless, you can simply switch out dairy products to make it vegan. You can substitute the heavy cream with plant cream, the milk with almond milk or coconut milk, and the parmesan cheese with any of your preferred vegan options.
2. Can I add meat to this recipe?
Yes, you can. There are various types of meat that would be a great fit for this recipe, including tuna, chicken, and turkey.
3. Does this recipe have other variations?
Chickpeas and pasta are both incredibly versatile, so this recipe leaves a lot of room for changes. You can diversify the flavors with a few extra veggies like mushrooms, kale, or aubergine. Spice it up a little with a pinch of paprika or red pepper flakes. You can also use tomato sauce instead of the cream mixture for a more vibrant spin-off.
How to Store and Reheat
When kept covered in the fridge, this chickpea pasta should last up to 3 days. Note that as leftovers, the dish will not taste exactly the same. The pasta might dry up and the overall taste might be slightly milder.
To reheat, simply put the dish in the microwave or give it a quick stir on the stovetop over medium heat. Add a pinch of water or olive oil to loosen the strands if they appear to have clumped up.
What to Serve With Chickpea Pasta
With its mild and uncomplicated taste, this chickpea pasta goes well with a wide variety of side dishes. Here are a few that we recommend for your meal:
For a quick and easy meal that still tastes undeniably good, give this chickpea pasta recipe a try. With pantry staples and a 20-minute cook time, you’ll have no trouble cooking up a dish or two to keep the family full and happy.
Cook the Spaghetti: Check the package for specific guides on the time and water amount. Boil the water, add the pasta, and gently stir every few minutes until al dente. Use a colander to drain the water.
Mince the Garlic: Bash the garlic with the side of the knife to remove the skin, trim off the end, then thinly slice each clove. Rock the knife back and forth over the sliced pile until finely minced.
Dice the Shallot: Cut off the roots and remove the papery skin then lengthwise slice the shallot in half. Lay the half horizontally flat and make lengthwise slits into the shallot while leaving the roots intact, then cut crosswise into tiny pieces.
Chopthe Parsley: Bunch the leaves together and thinly slice. Then, rock the knife over the sliced leaves a few times until the leaves are finely chopped.
Prepare the Chickpeas: Drain the chickpeas then gently pat them dry with paper towels.
Sauté the Aromatics: In a pan or skillet over medium heat, sauté 2 tbsp shallot and 1 tbsp garlic with 3 tbsp olive oil until fragrant.
Add the Chickpeas and Condiments: Add 8 oz canned chickpeas, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour, and 1 tbsp unsalted butter and stir around for 30 seconds.
Add the Spinach: Add 2 oz spinach and stir around for 2 minutes.
Add the Dairy: Add 4 tbsp heavy cream and 3/4 cup milk and continue stirring for 1 minute until slightly thickens.
Add the Spaghetti: Add 16 oz cooked spaghetti and stir around for another 3 minutes to evenly coat everything in the sauce.
Garnish and Serve: Transfer the pasta onto serving plates, garnish with 0.5 oz parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp parsley and serve.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 450Calories from Fat 210
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 8.4g
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.4g
Vitamin A 1907.5IU
Vitamin C 7.7mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.