Chickpea Pasta with Creamy Roasted Eggplant Sauce

Easy, healthy chickpea pasta with creamy roasted eggplant sauce recipe! A vegan and gluten-free meal that your whole family will love.

Easy, healthy chickpea pasta with creamy roasted eggplant sauce recipe! A vegan and gluten-free meal that your whole family will love.

Are you feeling all the fall vibes yet? I’m definitely in warm and cozy dinner mode these days. The comfort food cravings are hitting HARD!

This healthy pasta recipe is sure to cure all those comfort food cravings! A big bowl of pasta smothered in plant based, creamy veggie sauce. Mmmmmm……

I love this roasted eggplant sauce because it’s super super easy to make. You just roast your ingredients on a sheet pan and blend them in a blender. That’s it!

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One thing that I always crave in the fall is a giant bowl of pasta. Pasta is just the best thing ever, but not the best thing ever for your waistline.

Enter, CHICKAPEA PASTA! You guys, this pasta is made from chickpeas and lentils. ONLY chickpeas and lentils. Nothing artificial at all. With 27 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber per serving, it’s comfort food turned super food! Huzzah!

I’ve tried a few chickpea and/or lentil pastas before, but Chickapea has been my favorite by far. The texture is very close to pasta!

What I love the most about Chickapea pasta is the convenience. I can make a meal for my family in no time, and not feel guilty about giving Rhubarbaby a big bowl of carbs LOL!

P.S. Did you know that they make healthy mac and cheese? TOTAL. GAME. CHANGER.

Chickapea Pasta

 

How to make pasta with creamy roasted eggplant sauce:

First up: roast your veggies. The veggies can just be roasted whole, including the garlic cloves. Just place on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 45 minutes.

When the veggies are almost done, start boiling your water for the pasta. Cook according to package directions while you get the sauce ready. Remember to reserve some of the pasta water!

The veggies will need to cool until you can handle them and then peeled. This is easier than it sounds, the skin should just peel right off. Place the veggies in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and blend until it’s all nice and creamy.

Toss together the pasta with the sauce and add all of your great toppings. Enjoy!

Creamy eggplant sauce on healthy pasta.

Notes about this vegan, gluten-free pasta with roasted eggplant sauce:

  1. I kept the salt to a minimum in this recipe, but you may need to add more salt if the sauce seems like it needs it.
  2. This recipe makes more sauce than you will probably need for 1 box of pasta. Just pour on as much as you’d like and reserve the rest for leftovers.
  3. Parmesan cheese is optional for a vegan meal, but really makes the dish even more flavorful!
  4. This roasted eggplant sauce is EGGPLANTY! You must be an eggplant lover to like this sauce LOL!

 

Thanks so much to Trish of Rhubarbarians for sharing her delicious creativity. To see what she’s cooking up this week, check out her  Instagram stories! And  join her FaceBook community of vegetarian cooks!

Easy, healthy chickpea pasta with creamy roasted eggplant sauce recipe! A vegan and gluten-free meal that your whole family will love. // Rhubarbarians // Vegetarian dinner / Vegan dinner / healthy pasta / Meatless Monday / #meatlessmonday #vegandinner #healthypasta #pasta #glutenfree #vegetarian #rhubarbarians

Love creamy vegetable sauces on your pasta?

5 from 10 votes
Chickpea Pasta with Creamy Roasted Eggplant Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Easy, healthy chickpea pasta with creamy roasted eggplant sauce recipe! A vegan and gluten-free meal that your whole family will love
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpea pasta with creamy eggplant sauce
Servings: 4
Author: Patricia Bozeman
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta, spirals
  • 1 medium eggplant, top cut off
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Fresh basil, chopped walnuts, olive oil, parmesan cheese for serving.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional for easy clean up). Whole roast the eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and onion on the sheet pan for 45 minutes, or until everything is nice and soft. Remove from oven and let cool until ready to handle with your hands.

  2. When the vegetables are almost roasted, place a pot of water to boil on the stove for the pasta. Cook for 5-9 minutes or until desired tenderness. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain.


  3. Peel the tomatoes, onion, and eggplant (you may need help from a knife for the eggplant), and remove the garlic cloves from their skin. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the olive oil, dried basil, thyme, salt, pepper, and walnuts. Puree until smooth. 

  4. Return the pasta to the pan and add as much of the pasta sauce as you'd like to your pasta. You will probably have more sauce than you need. Stir to combine and add pasta water as needed to fully combine the sauce with the pasta.

  5. To serve, top with fresh basil, chopped walnuts, parmesan cheese (optional), and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

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18 Comments
  • Lauren Kirchmaier
    Posted at 17:17h, 19 October Reply

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! I can’t wait to recreate this at home! Protein and veggie packed, oh my!

  • Rachael
    Posted at 18:13h, 12 October Reply

    I am so curious about this eggplant sauce!!

  • Regina
    Posted at 18:00h, 11 October Reply

    That sauce just sounds amazing!! Of course so great paired with Chickapea pasta you’ve got the protein taken care of right with the pasta – love that!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 04:07h, 11 October Reply

    Absolutely LOVE how simple this pasta dish is while also packing in that flavour! This creamy sauce paired with chickapea pasta sounds like GOLD!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 11:46h, 11 October Reply

      And all that creamy yumminess is healthy!

  • Tania Sheff
    Posted at 23:35h, 10 October Reply

    What a wholesome dish! I love the sauce and Chickapea pasta!

  • Michelle Miller
    Posted at 20:01h, 10 October Reply

    What a unique and fun recipe! Love how the veggies are all roasted whole — so easy for a bowl of gluten free, veggie packed goodness!

  • Natasha
    Posted at 19:50h, 10 October Reply

    Creamy AND healthy… this has my name written all over it! 🙂

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    Posted at 19:25h, 10 October Reply

    What a healthy, flavorful vegetarian+GF dinner recipe!

  • Izzy @ She Likes Food
    Posted at 17:04h, 10 October Reply

    I love all the veggies in here! And really love that chickapea pasta adds all the protein you need too! This looks delicious!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 18:58h, 10 October Reply

      Healthy, vegetarian comfort food is what we love!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 15:05h, 10 October Reply

    We absolutely LOVE anything with eggplant and of course our favorite Chickapea pasta! We definitely need to try this sauce!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 16:55h, 10 October Reply

      And we love that you love it, Sarah! Your recipes are beautiful, practical and oh so tasty!

  • Dana
    Posted at 13:27h, 10 October Reply

    I’m so so into this recipe! I love how hearty and creamy but *healthy* that sauce is! A total dream. I can just imagine how well it plays with that nutty Chickapea Pasta. Such a wholesome protein-rich meal.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:08h, 10 October Reply

      You always describe our recipes perfectly, Dana. This is a show stopper for sure!

  • marcie
    Posted at 13:08h, 10 October Reply

    Roasted eggplant sauce and healthy, hearty Chickapea Pasta sounds like a match made in heaven!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 14:10h, 10 October Reply

      We agree, Marcie! Don’t you just love it when deliciousness and healthy are on the same plate?!

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