Eggplant & Chickpea Baked Pasta


Turn leftover Eggplant & Chickpea Stew into a comforting vegetarian baked-pasta dish. We love the taste of mint with the other Mediterranean-inspired flavors, but you can use parsley or basil if you prefer.

Eggplant & Chickpea Baked Pasta
Photo: Photography / Fred Hardy, Styling / Ruth Blackburn / Audrey Davis
Active Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings, about 1 2/3 cups each


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli

  • ½ cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 cup Eggplant & Chickpea Stew (see associated recipe)

  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint or basil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

  3. Combine breadcrumbs and oil in a small bowl. Toss the pasta with stew, feta, 1/4 cup mint (or basil) and lemon juice in a large bowl. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with the breadcrumb mixture.

  4. Bake until the topping is golden and crispy, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mint (or basil).


To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian's brand, labeled "Panko breadcrumbs." Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.

Associated recipe

Eggplant & Chickpea Stew

To make ahead

Assemble the casserole in the baking dish (through Step 3). Cover and refrigerate overnight. Let stand at room temperature while the oven preheats. Finish with Step 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

496 Calories
17g Fat
71g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 2/3 cups
Calories 496
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 21g 41%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Vitamin A 942IU 19%
Vitamin C 16mg 18%
Folate 119mcg 30%
Sodium 599mg 26%
Calcium 285mg 22%
Iron 6mg 32%
Magnesium 99mg 24%
Potassium 611mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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