Pesto Chickpasta

Sometimes things are created out of necessity. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be healthy. LIke this quick pasta. Banza chickpea pasta and store-bought pesto? Set the table — dinner is in ten.

chickpea pasta with pesto and sweet peppers in a white bowl and a gingham napkinThis meal was thrown together so quickly because a) I was hungry and b) I was home alone. Just because I was home alone doesn’t mean I have to eat rolled up turkey and cheese standing at the counter. Sometimes a girl wants something a little more substantial, still healthy, but she doesn’t want to work THAT hard.

If you haven’t tried Banza pasta yet, grab yourself a box. Made from chickpeas, Banza is chock full of good stuff – like 25 g of protein, 13 g of fiber and about 40% less carbs than traditional pasta. Plus it’s gluten-free  – why is it that I feel like I can have MORE when things are gluten-free? It’s like the fat-free craze in the 90’s. I see you, Snackwell’s chocolate cookies. Anyway, I love Banza. I can get my husband to eat it which is impressive because he is suspicious of anything he thinks might be “fake” healthy. There is some wisdom in that.

Banza cooks up in about 5 minutes, less time than traditional pasta. And it plays well with every kind of topping. It’s spring and I happen to always keep a jar of Kirkland’s Pesto on hand. I love pesto and this stuff is magic. It takes any panini to Italy and I highly recommend a fresh mozzarella, tomato and pesto combo. Maybe with a little turkey on it. Having this pesto handy means that a quick appetizer is on the counter faster than you can say “get the door, honey – why are they early?”

chickpea pasta with pesto and sweet peppers in a white bowl and a gingham napkinTopping this Pesto Chickpasta (sorry, couldn’t help myself – prob should trademark that, right?) are a few sweet cherry pepper drops. These little bites of sweet heat add a touch of acidity and when a little extra Parmesan joins the party, dinner is served. Enjoy—I’m off to make a sandwich.

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Other pesto recipe ideas

  • Looking for a homemade pesto that uses kale? Cooking Chat’s Kale Pesto recipe packs a whole lot of flavor into this easy Italian sauce.

chickpea pasta with pesto and sweet peppers in a white bowl and a gingham napkin.
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Pesto Chickpasta

Prep Time:3 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:8 minutes
Servings 1



  • Add pasta to salted, boiling water. Cook according to package directions. (I find it cooks perfectly in 5 minutes)
  • Drain pasta and add to bowl.
  • Spoon pesto on top. Top with cherry peppers and Parmesan.
  • Grab a fork and a glass of something good and enjoy.
Course: Pasta, vegetarian
Author: Lori Murphy
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  1. Hi Loto!
    Where do you buy this chickpasta? Great easy recipe!! Can’t wait to try it!
    Hope you are well and that things are settling down a bit❣️

    Peggy’s Friend In MN