Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe

This Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe is a healthy twist on a traditional favorite.  Adding chickpea and lentil pasta to the dish and eliminating the bread gives you a healthy dose of protein and fiber without sacrificing those delicious flavors.

Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe | Chickapea Pasta

This month, Robyn wanted to share a Chickapea holiday dish and and who doesn’t love an easy breakfast strata!

Everyone loves an easy strata over the holidays, right?  It’s especially convenient when you’ve got a houseful of guests and don’t want to be busy at the stove instead of spending precious family and friend time.

This dish can be prepared the night before and assembled in the morning for an easy and nutritious breakfast.

Chickapea Pasta Strata Recipe

This is another dish that you can get creative with:
  • Use Chickapea Pasta shells, spirals or penne
  • Some red peppers and mushrooms would be delicious with this if that’s your thing
  • You can use sausage, ground chicken or pork or leave it out entirely and have a vegetarian strata
  • Use your favorite cheese and  if you’re not all about cheddar, Parmesan would work very well.
  • Use your favorite tomato based sauced – marinara, arrabiata, garlic and basil or totally turn the tables and go alfredo!

Four Easy Steps to Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe | Chickapea Pasta

This is why I love to cook because you can let your imagination take over.  It doesn’t need to be precise (most times) and you can discover your creative genius in the kitchen using all your favorite ingredients.

It’s as easy as layering pasta/cheesy beef tomato sauce/more pasta/egg mixture – Presto!  This will be on your breakfast table!

Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe | Chickapea Pasta

I have lots of blogger friends who cook with Chickapea Pasta as well and here are some of the healthy dishes being created in their kitchens these days:

Share your holiday and every day creations with us on Instagram  by tagging @Chickapeapasta and using the hashtag #chickapeapasta so I can see what you’re doing in your kitchen too.  Cheers!

5 from 6 votes
Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe is a healthy twist on a traditional favorite. Adding chickpea and lentil pasta to the dish and eliminating the bread gives you a healthy dose of protein and fiber without sacrificing those delicious flavors.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 507 kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason | Simply Fresh Dinners
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Chickapea Pasta, spirals or shells
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions, chopped or chives
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F

    Cook pasta al dente. (a couple minutes less than package instructions)

  2. Heat oil in large pan, saute garlic and onion for 3-4 minutes until onion is soft and translucent. Add ground beef and cook until browned.

    Drain extra fat from the pan.

  3. Add tomato sauce and half of fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to taste; cooking for 5 minutes before removing from heat. Add cheese and spinach, mixing well.
  4. Combine eggs, milk, remaining fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Into a 9 x 11 inch baking dish layer:

    Half of the pasta

    Cheesy Tomato Beef Mixture

    Remaining half of pasta

    Egg Mixture

  6. Bake 45-50 minutes. Remove and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with green onions or chives and serve.
Recipe Notes
  • Use Chickapea Pasta shells, spirals or penne
  • Some red peppers and mushrooms would be delicious with this if that’s your thing
  • You can use sausage, ground chicken or pork or leave it out entirely and have a vegetarian strata
  • Use your favorite cheese if you’re not all about cheddar .  Parmesan would work very well.
  • Use your favorite tomato based sauced – marinara, arrabiata, garlic and basil or totally turn the tables and go alfredo!
Nutrition Facts
Quick & Easy Pasta Strata Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 507 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 605mg 25%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 32.5%
Vitamin C 22.2%
Calcium 24.4%
Iron 17.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Healthy Pasta Strata from Chickapea. Perfect for entertaining over the holidays.

8 Comments
  • Regina
    Posted at 01:11h, 22 December Reply

    I know this would be a HUGE hit at our Christmas breakfast table!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 14:23h, 20 December Reply

    This is such a great recipe! Chickapea is the perfect pasta for this strata!

  • Tania
    Posted at 12:21h, 20 December Reply

    This is a healthy, filling and delicious breakfast! What a creative way of using Chickapea pasta!

  • marcie
    Posted at 11:31h, 20 December Reply

    This is just brilliant and I love that it means Chickapea Pasta for breakfast! 🙂

  • Sarah | Well and Full
    Posted at 11:29h, 20 December Reply

    I love the use of fresh herbs in the recipe, I bet they add so much flavor and brightness!

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 11:15h, 20 December Reply

    absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try this for myself!

  • Jenn Peas and Crayons
    Posted at 09:52h, 20 December Reply

    Ohmygosh this is brilliant! I’ve actually been dying to make a strata for holiday brunch and this awesome swap using chickapea pasta has me sold! Totally happening! Thanks for the awesome recipe and I’m sooooo adding the shrooms and peppers – yum!

  • Mahy
    Posted at 09:15h, 20 December Reply

    This takes strata to a whole new level! Super delicious layers I know my family would gobble this up 🙂

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