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Healthy Chickpea Pasta with Spinach Recipe

Our filling and healthy chickpea pasta recipe are one of the best options for vegetarians looking for a gluten-free option. It will enable you to create a delicious yet healthy meal you want more of. The best part is that this pasta with chickpeas takes only twenty minutes to cook.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • Two tbsp. of olive oil
  • Eight ounces of rotini chickpea pasta
  • Three cloves of minced garlic
  • A fifteen-ounce can of drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • One tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • One lemon zest and juice
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Two tbsp. chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, and more to serve
  • One cup of torn baby spinach


  1. Take a large pot of water. Add salt and begin cooking the pasta in boiling water. Make sure that the pasta is al dente.
  2. Drain and rinse the pasta through a mesh strainer.
  3. Take a large skillet. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and heat the oil on medium heat.
  4. Add the chickpeas to the skillet and keep sautéing it occasionally as you stir the chickpeas around. As a general rule of thumb, the chickpeas will take five to six minutes to turn golden brown and crispy.
  5. Add salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Let it cook for a minute or until it is fragrant.
  6. Then, stir in the lemon juice, zest, pasta, and one tablespoon of olive oil.
  7. Finally, add the parsley, cheese, and spinach. In a few minutes, the greens will begin to wilt.
  8. When the greens begin to wilt, top the dish with more cheese and serve to enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta and Noodles
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 416 kcal
  • Sugar: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.5 g
  • Protein: 21.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 14.8 mg