Vegan Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese
This Vegan Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese Pasta is gluten-free, full of flavor, and ready in under 45 minutes. Made with a lentil and chickpea pasta, jalapeños, and Mexican spices. It’s a healthy hearty plant based meal that can feed a family or dinner for two!
We are thrilled to announce that Lindsay from Cotter Crunch is our newest addition to the Chickapea Team. Lindsay is a Nutrition Specialist for Gluten-Free eating. She fuels her readers with easy gluten-free recipes, nerdy nutrition tips and lots of no bake healthy bite recipes. A perfect fit with our talented blogger partners. Welcome, Lindsay!
Oh hey there spicy bowl of goodness round two! Yes, another dairy free flavorful bowl for you today. Mmm k? This one has a good story. I promise. Yes, it involves Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese (what we call it) and all the plant based vegan gluten-free vibes. YO!
So.. 11 years ago I met this cute curly head Kiwi triathlete. Um, my husband. I spent the next year trying to impress him with charm and cooking. Haha. Well..sorta.
At the time, we were both living in Hawaii and we often tried to save money by spending a date night in at my place. My 300 square foot hole in the wall place. Fun times! Anyway, this was around the time I first started eating gluten-free (for health reasons). OYE!! That was a trial and error yea, for suree. Anyway, I decided to make the kiwi a romantic gluten free pasta dinner for our date night in. My first attempt at gluten-free pasta. I scoured the store for the best looking gluten-free pasta noodles only to find 1 brand. One! And it was made with corn and about 20 other ingredients I didn’t know. But I bought it. Plopped it in the pot. And away I went trying to make a gluten-free date night dinner. Only to realize that 5 minutes later my pasta was mush. Yes mush. Wanna know the worst part?
I served it anyway. Haha. And we laughed. And we “kinda sorta”‘ ate it.
Well fast forward a decade and boy gluten-free pasta has changed. Thank goodness! I’ve literally tried dozens! And I’m happy to report that the kiwi and I both looooove Chickapea pasta. No mush. Just real pasta taste because it’s made from chickpeas and lentils. That’s it. Really! No fillers. No corn (phew!), no grains. And oh so filling. More on that below.
For now, let’s now narrow in on this Vegan Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese pasta. In relation to that mushy pasta memory mentioned above of course. You see, jalapeño and cheese has been one of my husband’s FAVORITE combos for years. And since we’ve finally found a gluten-free pasta that um.. tastes like pasta and doesn’t fall apart, I figured we should revive that memory. You know.. SPICE it up a bit. Because I’m “Cheesy”! Bahaha, yes I just went there.
That being said, 10 years later I totally made it up to the kiwi with this new pasta dish. I like to call this Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese pasta the Cotter Comeback (Welcome back Kotter) pasta dish. If you’re older than 30 hopefully you get that joke.
Yes, I’m in an extra loving and nourishing (healing) mood this week. It’s time to rekindle that romance (and that original gluten-free pasta recipe), in Spicy Vegan chickpea Mac and Cheese PASTA form ya’ll!
So about that Chickapea pasta. Oh how I love thee.. let me count the ways.
Chickapea pasta is a Gluten-Free pasta made with just 2 ingredients! Chickpeas and Red Lentils. It’s pulses POWER pasta! Did I mention I’m kinda obsessed with pulses? Lentils, beans, aquafaba goodness, etc.
Anyway, I don’t know how they do it ya’ll but Chickapea’s 2 ingredient pasta is spot on with texture and taste. Meaning, no weird gummy taste. Ya, impressive is just one of the words that come to mind. It’s gluten-free, vegan, organic, kosher and comes packed with 27 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber per serving. Totally gets my nerdy nutritionist stamp of approval!
This Mighty Mexican Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese pasta is a must make. I know, I keep expanding on the title. But stay with me here. All you need to do is spice up those chickpeas, bake with your jalapeños, then toss into the “cheesy” pasta. Simple!
The “cheesy” base comes from mixing nutritional yeast with coconut milk as the “cream/cheese” part. And because it’s made with organic lentils and chickpeas, it adds in an even greater source of B Vitamins and Plant based iron! This is a HUGE health perk for vegans and vegetarians!
Now who’s hungry? I’ve got the recipe ready to share below!
Ya’ll, this dish is perfect for a hearty plant-based meal or, dare I say it… a quick date night dinner in. SPICY! Ohhh lala!
Don’t worry, the red nails are not necessary for the spicy part. Mwah!
What’s your favorite gluten-free pasta dish? Ever tried spicy chickpeas in your pasta? DO IT! So good!
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This Jalapeño Chickpea Mac and Cheese Pasta recipe is sponsored by my Chickapea Friends! Thankful they supply us with such quality lentil chickpea pasta and the chance to try out a new nourishing gluten free product.
Makes 6 - 8 servings
- 16 oz (2 boxe(450 Chickapea shells
- 8-10 cups water 1.9 L
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 sliced jalapeños. Keep seeds if you want it extra spicy.
- 1 can 15 o(25 chickpeas (drained
- 1/2 tsp paprika 2.5 mL
- 1/2 tsp chili powder 2.5 mL
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt 1.25 mL
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil 30 - 45 mL, divided
- Pinch of cumin
- 2 tbsp or 1/2 tsp garlic minced 30 mL, 2.5 mL
- 1/4 tsp to 1/2 each salt salt/pepper 1.25 mL - 2.5 mL, divided
- 1/2 cup – 2/3 coconut or almond milk milk 120 mL
- 3/4 cup (90 nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp (7.5 gluten free flour or potato/tapioca starch
- Cilantro and crushed red pepper to garnish
- tbsp Optional 2 taco sauce or Tabasco 30 mL
- Extra nutritional yeast if desired
Preheat oven 400℉ (200℃). Mix, chickpeas, jalapenos, and seasoning in a bowl with oil. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
While that is baking, cook your pasta.
Once pasta is cooked, drain and lightly rinse. Add back into the pot with 1 -2 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp garlic minced. Add in 1/4 tsp salt/pepper to taste. Keep heat on low.
In another small saucepan, whisk together ½ cup coconut or almond milk with 3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes and 1 tbsp. gluten free flour or starch (tapioca or potato work great). Cook on medium until mixed and thickened “cheesy” sauce is formed.
Add this to your pasta, mix together. Keep pasta on low or covered until Jalapeño chickpea bake is ready.
Once jalapenos/chickpeas are baked, add them to the pasta.
Cook all together for 5 minutes on low adding more salt/pepper if desired..
Mix in Optional taco sauce or tobacco if you want extra Mexican flavor!
Serve and garnish with cilantro and chili pepper flakes.