Chickpea Pasta with Lemony-Parsley Pesto


We love using chickpea pasta in this quick and easy dinner recipe, but other bean pastas or whole-wheat noodles are just as good with this fresh and zesty pesto sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • 4 ounces chickpea penne or other penne pasta (about 1 1/4 cups dry)

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley (about 4 cups lightly packed), plus more for garnish

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups roasted root vegetables (see associated recipe)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, combine parsley and garlic in a food processor and pulse until uniformly chopped, about 10 times. Add oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and puree until just combined, about 15 seconds; it should be chunky.

  3. Microwave roasted root vegetables in a microwave-safe bowl until heated through, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, heat 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and cook, stirring often, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes.)

  4. Toss the hot pasta with the pesto, the vegetables and lemon zest. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Associated Recipes

Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

630 Calories
45g Fat
48g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size About 1 3/4 cups
Calories 630
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 17g 33%
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Vitamin A 7067IU 141%
Vitamin C 61mg 67%
Folate 92mcg 23%
Sodium 511mg 22%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 8mg 44%
Magnesium 37mg 9%
Potassium 490mg 10%

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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