Chickpea Pasta with Mushrooms & Kale


Loading up your pasta with vegetables like the kale and mushrooms here is not only delicious, it also makes the meal more satisfying.

Chickpea Pasta with Mushrooms & Kale
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 8 ounces chickpea rotini or penne (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 8 cups chopped kale

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring once, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add kale, mushrooms, thyme and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the pasta and enough of the reserved water to coat; cook, stirring, until combined and hot, about 1 minute more. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.


We chose chickpea pasta for this dish instead of whole-wheat because it's packed with tons of fiber, protein and nutrients—some brands provide more than 40% of your daily recommended fiber, plus 20 grams of protein per serving. Look for it with other gluten-free pastas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
18g Fat
38g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Potassium 717mg 15%

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.

Related Articles