Cheesy Tomato Chickapea Pasta

Chickapea! Let’s Go! Here’s a special dish that is perfect for October and Fall eating as the season begins to change. I am so happy to be partnering with Chickapea.  As many of you know, I am gluten free so this nutty, gluten free alternative is a good one!  This recipe is such a winner and I think it’s great for the beginning cook. We’ve got some tips, tricks and techniques that will help expand your repertoire in the kitchen.

Here I have used Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS, which you should always have in your refrigerator, and the Tomato Confit oil as a jumping off point. Not only does it bring summer into fall, but its a way to make a sauce that totally feels like you fussed, but is relatively easy and quick. In addition to being gluten free, I like using Chickapea Pasta because it has a low glycemic index, 27 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber per serving, it’s made of only chickpeas and lentils (nothing artificial!) and it’s non GMO, Organic and Kosher.

We kept this recipe all vegetarian – the sauteed onions, vegetable stock and wine along with the Tomato Confit make a really spectacular sauce.  The hunks of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses bring it in for the win!! And the technique of cooking the pasta in Basil water, infuses the dish with tons of flavor and is something every cook should learn.



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Cheesy Tomato Chickapea Pasta

  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 tablespoons pressed garlic
  • 3/4 cup Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS
  • Wine
  • 11/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch (about 1.25 ounces) + 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1 box Chickapea Pasta shells
  • 1 cup mozzarella balls, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 handful arugula


In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat warm tomato confit oil, add shallots and sweat  for 1 minute. Add the garlic, stirring and cooking 30 seconds. Then add the tomato confit stirring to combine. Add the wine, vegetable stock and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stirring while bringing to a boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer for 8-10 minutes. When done, remove half of the sauce that was simmering and blend in a food processor. Reduce the heat to low and transfer the blended sauce back to the sauce pan. Add the red pepper flakes, stirring to combine.

Meanwhile, in a medium pot bring water to a boil with 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 bunch basil leaves. Add the Chickapea pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, scoop pasta out and transfer immediately to the saucepan.

Add the mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, 1/4 cup ripped basil, stirring to melt the cheese, about 1 minute. Add the arugula and gently fold. Serve.

18 thoughts on “Cheesy Tomato Chickapea Pasta

  1. Natasha @ October 17, 2018 — 3:21 pm

    Love Chickapea pasta! Looks scrumptious, Teri!

  2. Such a fan of your beautiful elixirs, Teri, and I know the combo here is magic! Thanks for another delicious Chickapea recipe!

  3. Oh this looks delicious and gluten free? It’s a win-win!!!

  4. I will have to check out those confeit elixirs! This pasta looks delicious and definitely great for fall comfort food!

  5. I love Chickapea pasta so much I want to make this!

  6. What a beautiful recipe! I seriously can’t get over how creamy and delicious it looks. I love Chickapea Pasta and can’t wait to make this!

  7. The tomato confit looks so silky and creamy. The perfect sauce for that hearty, healthy Chickapea Pasta!

  8. I am just drooling all over this dish! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Looks fabulous and am going to make this weekend. Is the chickpea pasta hard to find ? I don’t think I have seen it ?

  10. Every time I see these pictures I get hungry all over again! This looks beyond delicious!

  11. This looks so dang good, Teri. The ingredients and flavors here are perfect. And I love the mozzarella balls! I always throw those in salads, but I’ve never thrown them into a pasta before. I can’t to try this. And those nutritious Chickapea shells just act as little cups, picking up all that goodness <3

  12. Oh man. Loving all of these ingredients, especially that chickpea pasta!

  13. I love everything about this dish Teri!

  14. You know we are HUGE fans of anything involving cheese and Chickapea pasta! Such a great protein packed, vegetarian option!

  15. So happy you’re sharing a chickapea pasta! One of my favorites!

  16. This is absolutely mouth-watering! Delicious share and I can’t wait to make it!

  17. I neeeeeeed to try this! It looks amazing!

  18. Definitely would not cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes (package only suggests 6-8)!! I cooked mine for 5 because we like our pasta al dente, but it still fell apart in the dish. First time cooking with Chickapea pasta, so did not know how fragile it was compared to traditional dried pastas. Next time I will cook for three minutes and drain water. Those precious 30 seconds ladling the pasta into the sauce did not help.

    Flavors were strong and bold. Loving the tomato elixer. Will definitely be boiling many pastas with basil again. Very smart and gave the dish so much backbone. Will make again.

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