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Chickpea Pasta with Broccoli

This chickpea pasta with broccoli is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. Wholesome ingredients and warm earthy flavors are highlights of this delicious Italian pasta recipe.

Broccoli Chickpea pasta studded with roasted pine nuts is the best vegetarian pasta recipe. It’s quick, easy, delicious and brimming with soul satisfying comfort food vibes. Spaghetti Lentil Bolognese , Penne Rosa and Creamy Lemon Basil Pasta are few other family favorite pasta dinner ideas. 

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Healthy Weeknight Pasta

This delicious pasta will satisfy your carb cravings with a good amount of protein and fiber. I am using chickpea pasta instead of regular pasta to make it. You will love how amazing it tastes while bumping up nutrients and avoiding empty calories.

“What should I make for dinner?” is a dreaded question we all face, especially after a tiring long day. Having a list of simple easy recipes helps avoid impulse take outs and in turn saves money. As an added bonus, you serve your body and soul satisfying comfort food.

So here are our easy family friendly quick dinner recipes:

Another good thing about this recipe is that it’s infinitely customizable based on what’s in the refrigerator or what is seasonally available. Besides broccoli florets, you can use red bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, baby spinach and even kale.

Same goes for pine nuts. You can substitute almonds, walnuts or even cashews per your liking.

Broccoli and pine nuts studded chickpea pasta served in blue bowl.

Trader Joe’s Dinner Haul

Trader Joe’s ( TJs as we lovingly call it ) is my favorite grocery store. I love to pick up pre-packaged goods from there. They source some of the best deals and goodies from around the world.

I also often pick up prepackaged and ready to use veggies like mirepoix mix or broccoli and cauliflower florets, Persian cucumbers and other veggies.

So for this meal, most items are purchased from nearby Trader Joe’s. ( btw, this is NOT a sponsored post, and I am not compensated for this recipe. I am just mentioning what I love and often use )

To make this recipe, I am using ready to use broccoli florets and dry toasted pine nuts along with a bunch of different seasoning mixes from Trader Joe’s.

Chickpea Flour Pasta

Banza Chickpea Pasta is my new favorite pasta. They have a variety of different shapes including spaghetti, rotini and shells. It boasts solid 22 grams of Protein and 8grams of fiber per 8 oz. pasta box. Wholesome clean eating is made easier with this pasta.

I often buy a variety of Banza pasta at Costco. Adding my Amazon Affiliate Link in case you want to buy this Banza Pasta online.

Close up showing al dente pasta with sautéed broccoli and toasted pine nuts.

Serving Suggestions

Since this pasta also has good servings of veggies, it’s a meal on it’s own. If you want to make it heartier, pair it with Creamy Mushroom Soup or Creamy Tomato Soup.

You can also serve it with a side salad. Italian style zucchini noodles or Tomato Peach Caprese will be so good to serve alongside.

A side of Crispy fingerling potatoes will be awesome as well. You can also make Italian bruschetta or olive tapenade or restaurant style dipping oil with crusty bread. Zucchini fritters or stuffed mushrooms or stuffed sweet peppers are also great sides.

Ingredients

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s a brief overview of what I used to make this recipe. Highlighted text links are my Amazon Affiliate Links where I earn commission on qualified purchases.

Pasta – I used chickpea pasta. You can use regular pasta as well.
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh Ingredients: Garlic – peeled and roughly chopped, broccoli florets, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Fresh herbs like basil or parsley for garnish.
Toasted pine nuts – add great earthy flavor and crisp crunch. You can also use almonds, walnuts, cashews or pecans.
Seasoning : Salt and ground black pepper to taste, Store brought Italian Seasoning Mix,  and red pepper flakes
Garnishes : Black or white truffle oil – optional but highly recommended. It adds a great depth of rich umami flavors. You can also sprinkle the pasta with parmesan cheese ( use plant based for vegan) or nutritional yeast.

Ingredients used in making this pasta recipe.

How to Make

Heat the Sauté pan on medium heat and add oil. Let it warm up for 30 seconds. Add garlic. Let it sizzle for a couple minutes. It should start to brown.

Add broccoli florets and lemon zest to the pan. Sprinkle some salt and sauté on high heat for 3-5 minutes stirring frequently. Add pine nuts and the seasoning. Mix well and turn off the heat.

Meanwhile cook the chickpea pasta per package directions. ( Instant Pot instructions are included in the notes below) Drain the hot water and pasta in a colander.

Mix cooked pasta with garlic , broccoli florets and pine nuts mix sautéed earlier. Add ground black pepper, and lemon juice. Toss well. Season with nutritional yeast or cheese and truffle oil if using. Add fresh chopped herbs on top.

Your super delicious chickpea pasta with lemon broccoli is ready ! Enjoy. Bon Appetit!

Process shot collage showing major steps involved in making this recipe.

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe For The Family

This wholesome pasta dish is made with very few ingredients and is very satisfying. If you are looking for easy weeknight dinner ideas, this is the perfect recipe.

It can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled. That makes it suitable for meal prep and packing for school lunches and office meals. So make a big batch and enjoy the leftovers.. that way you get two dinners in one ! Winner winner pasta dinner !!

We also feature several other delicious pasta recipes including Quick Orzo Pasta Salad, Creamy Mushroom Pasta, Italian Summer Pasta SaladBeet Pesto Pasta, Makhani Masala Pasta, Penne Pesto Primavera and Lemon and Peas Orzo.  

Broccoli Pasta Notes & Tips

  • This pasta comes together quickly for weeknight dinners. It’s ready in just over 30 minutes.
  • This pasta is made dairy free/vegan. You can use Parmesan Cheese on top if you like.
  • I love to serve this pasta with freshly ground black pepper , a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a light drizzle of truffle oil.
  • I want the veggies to be crisp, tender, and not at all mushy. So I pan fry broccoli instead of cooking it with pasta. It adds 5 extra minutes to the cooking process but so well worth it.

Vegan and gluten free broccoli chickpea flour pasta.

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Broccoli and pine nuts studded chickpea pasta served in blue bowl.

Chickpea Pasta with Broccoli

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Chickpea pasta with broccoli recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. It's quick, easy, delicious and brimming with soul satisfying comfort food vibes.

Ingredients

Optional Garnishes

Instructions

Heat the Sauté pan on medium heat and add oil. Let it warm up for 30 seconds. Add garlic. Let it sizzle for a couple minutes. It should start to brown.

Add broccoli florets and lemon zest to the pan. Sprinkle some salt and sauté on high heat for 3-5 minutes stirring frequently. Add pine nuts and the seasoning. Mix well and turn off the heat.

Meanwhile cook the chickpea pasta per package directions. ( Instant Pot instructions are included in the notes below) Drain the hot water and pasta in a colander.

Mix cooked pasta with garlic , broccoli florets and pine nuts sauté. Add ground black pepper, and lemon juice. Toss well. Season with cheese and truffle oil if using. Sprinkle chopped fresh herbs on the top.

Your super delicious chickpea pasta with lemon broccoli is ready ! Enjoy. Bon Appetit!

Cooking Pasta In Instant Pot :

I like to add 1 tbsp. oil to prevent the pasta from clumping together and 1/2 tsp salt and seasoning for flavors to the cooking water.

Use 1:1 pasta to water ratio and cook on high pressure at 4 minutes. Wait on keep warm timer at least 5-7 minutes, after it's done cooking and release leftover pressure. Use colander and drain any excess water. Rinse the pasta in cold water to avoid it from further cooking and sticking together

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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Angie

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Absolutely delicious! I made a few tweaks to customize the flavor to a more intense and spicy taste, but overall I LOVE this recipe!! My additions: double the lemon juice, add extra Parmesan cheese, add 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp Umami seasoning. I made it last night for dinner and then again today for lunches this week. YUM!!

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