This warming chickpea pasta recipe with kale is nutritious, and so comforting for fall and winter weather.
This chickpea pasta is the perfect “gloomy weather” dinner! This dish is easy, nourishing, and the ultimate comfort food for the fall and winter seasons. This dish has the benefits of protein-rich chickpeas and healthy kale. It’ll become a go-to in your house for the whole family.
❤️ Why You’ll Love Chickpea Pasta
- Vegan: This chickpea pasta recipe is plant-based, dairy-free, and sugar-free. It’s healthy and inspired by my Greek mama
- Quick: This recipe will only take 30 minutes to make. It’s so easy I like to double the recipe and use it as meal prep for lunches for the week
Kale – Kale is a great source of vitamins A, C, K, and B. It also is loaded with alpha-linolenic acid which is an omega-3 fatty acid. What I love about kale is how versatile it is. You can blend it into sauces or dips, you can eat it in a salad, in pasta, or make it into chips, there are so many easy ways to incorporate it into your diet
Chickpeas – Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and are an excellent plant-based protein that can help keep you full. Chickpeas are also incredibly versatile. They can be made into dips like hummus, added to salads, baked into crispy salad toppers or snacks, or added into stews, soups, or curry. I love a protein-rich, healthy bean that can be used in so many ways
👩🍳 How to Make Chickpea Pasta
3. Season your onions and garlic with salt, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and dried basil. Stir for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
4. Now add your chickpeas. Give them a good stir, and cover the pot for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
6. While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta when done and add pasta back to pot. Add olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking
8. Top with vegan or regular shredded parmesan cheese
🪄 Tips and Tricks
- Want a thinner sauce? Add 1/2 cup water and let simmer a little longer just until combined.
- Kale: If you don’t have kale you can use spinach. Spinach wilts quicker though so just be mindful of the cooking time
- Protein: You can totally add meat to this recipe. Add in some ground turkey or beef with the sauce, or even leftover shredded chicken
🗒 Best served with
👝 How to Store Leftovers
Fridge: Store chickpea tomato sauce in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Freeze: To freeze the sauce, store in an airtight container for up to 2 months in the freezer.
🤔 Common Questions
Chickpeas are really good for you, and a great source of plant-based protein. They help with digestion, among so many other things. Bonus points if you use chickpea pasta noodles instead of white.
Chickpeas are part of the plant family known as legumes.
No. Chickpeas are high in carbs which don’t fit well into a keto diet.
Warming Chickpea Pasta with Kale
- 3/4 of a box of pasta
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 white onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 19 oz chickpeas strained and washed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes if it is not homemade make sure you buy good quality, without sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cup kale washed and chopped
- garnish with vegan or regular shredded parmesan cheese
- Prepare all your vegetables and ingredients and have them organized and set aside.
- Into a medium sized pot add your olive oil, and heat it over medium-high heat.
- Add your onions and garlic, and pop that lid on the pot, decreas the temperature to medium and cook until fragrant and sofened, stirring often.
- Season your onions and garlic with the salt, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and dried basil. Stir for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
- Now add your chickpeas. Give them a good stir, and cover the pot for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- To the pot add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and water. Stir and let this simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes until reduced and a bit of a thicker sauce.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta when done and add pasta back to pot. Add olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking.
- Check on your chickpea sauce mixture and if it is getting a bit thicker, and the chickpeas are soft then it is ready! Now stir in your chopped kale, and remove from heat.
- Top with vegan or regular shredded parmesan cheese.