Pasta with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Chard Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Pasta with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Chard


This satisfying casserole has it all—protein, carbohydrates, a leafy green vegetable and tons of robust flavor.

  • 6Servings


  • 8 oz. dried penne or rotelle pasta
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained, 1/2 cup liquid reserved
  • 2 14- to 16-oz. cans tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard (1 1/2 lb.), stemmed and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta; stir to prevent sticking. Cook pasta until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 2-quart casserole.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika and saffron if desired. Cook, stirring often, until onion is tender, 8 minutes.

Add chickpeas, reserved liquid and tomatoes to onion mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. If mixture becomes dry, add a little water to keep it moist.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan fitted with steamer basket, bring 2 inches water to a boil over high heat. Add chard, cover and steam until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Remove chard and coarsely chop. Transfer to large bowl and stir in 2 tsp. oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in pasta, chickpea mixture and Parmesan.

Transfer pasta mixture to prepared casserole. Drizzle with remaining 1 tsp. oil and season with pepper. Cover with foil and bake until hot, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 349
  • Carbohydrate Content: 54 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 6 mg
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 826 mg