Great vegetarian dinner of spaghetti with chickpeas and spicy tomato sauce with roasted tomatoes.

This week’s theme for SundaySupper is Meatless Meals, hosted by Tammi at Momma’s Meals. This is one of my favorite “go-to” dishes for rushed evenings since I nearly always have a stash of cooked chickpeas on hand and this Roasted Tomato Sauce is part of my regular pantry. All I need do is cook some pasta noodles, pull the sauce and chickpeas from the fridge to toss together in a sauce pan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Presto magic, I’ve got a great vegetarian dinner on the table in well under 30 minutes.

As a note, I’ve used this sauce on pizza, in quesadillas with some cheese, and heaped over roasted eggplant slices. And it’s perfect to make when tomatoes are out of season. It’s got great thick texture and a deep tomatoey flavor accented with the kalamata olives. I like my sauce a little spicy but you can omit the red pepper flakes and cut back a bit on the garlic if you want. I feel the most important thing to stay true to is the canned tomatoes you use. Go for the San Marzano tomatoes. They’re worth the extra money. And I always buy whole peeled tomatoes and crush the tomatoes in my hands so I can feel like an Italian nonna, and so I can have tomato chunks in the sauce.

Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Spicy Roasted Tomato Sauce #SundaySupper

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Serves: Serves 3 - 4

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes (San Marzano), crushed by your hands
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • ¼ cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, pepper and sugar
  • ½ box spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and combine all the ingredients EXCEPT the chickpeas, noodles, and Parmesan cheese in a 9" X 13" baking dish. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring it once half-way through the roasting. The garlic should be soft, and have a roasted flavor, and the sauce will be thick and jammy. Smash with a fork to break up the garlic a bit.
  2. Warm up the chickpeas and cook the pasta according to directions on the box.
  3. Dust with Parmesan cheese before serving.



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  1. The Ninja Baker March 9, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    Easy to see why you would use this olive and red pepper flake spiked tomato sauce on hand – always. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Susan!

    Chickpeas + Susan’s tomato sauce + pasta = home run!


  2. Manu March 9, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    I totally agree… the tomatoes you use do make a big difference! Yummy sauce… I love the spice!
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  3. Melanie March 9, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    This not only looks amazing, but it sounds absolutely delicious as well! Pinning!
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  4. apuginthekitchen March 9, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    The sauce sounds amazing, love that you added chickpeas. What a wonderful meal.
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  5. Stacy March 9, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    The addition of kalamata olives is genius, Susan. They are so salty on their own but I’ll bet that they make this tasty sauce even more rich and flavorful.
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  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 9, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    Chickpeas and pasta! Oh my gosh, I love it! I am so craving pasta right now!
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  7. Cynthia March 9, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Oh, my, this looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you for such a good idea, Susan. Looking forward to the before and after of the kitchen remodel.

  8. Liz March 9, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Your tomato sauce looks divine!!! Nice to know it’s so versatile :)
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  9. Rosemary March 9, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Even though today is national meatball day, I think I’ll save my sauce-simmered raisin meatballs (http://bit.ly/1i1wbbx) for another day. Your garbanzo spaghetti is my kind of food! Your slow-cooked garbanzos are on my to-try list,

    • The Wimpy Vegetarian March 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Oh my. I had no idea this was national meatball day! And I’ve been wanting to try making some vegetarian meatballs. That’s totally what I should have done. And I want to make yours with the raisins. This pasta is one of my favorites right now. If the tomato sauce gets too dry roasting in the oven, just stir in some water. If anything, extra roasting really makes it meatier.
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  10. Shaina March 9, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Yum! I would like a big bowl of this now, please :)

  11. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I have to try this sauce. I bet it would be amazing over zucchini noodles or polenta, too!
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  12. Jennifer Miller March 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Chickpeas and pasta — nothing better :)
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  13. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen March 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    WOW what a perfect meatless meal! I must try to get my carnivore to give it a try!
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  14. cheri March 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    What a great meal, I love chickpeas with pasta. The sauce looks amazing!
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  15. Cheryl March 10, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I love chickpeas! This is one I might just have to try. Thanks so much for the idea, I had never thought to use chickpeas as a protein for spaghetti. HUGS

  16. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere March 10, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    I would never have thought to put chickpeas in a pasta sauce! This looks fantastic!
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  17. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 10, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    Love how simple yet flavorful and delicious this is!!! yummm!!
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  18. Renee March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Gorgeous dish and so easy to make. I definitely want to make the sauce. I love roasted tomatoes.
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  19. Choc Chip Uru March 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    What a delicious addition of chickpeas to this Neapolitan pasta 😀

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  20. Rita March 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Susan, have you tried this sauce cooked on the stovetop, uncovered?
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    • The Wimpy Vegetarian March 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      There’s no reason this shouldn’t work on the stove, although I haven’t made it that way. The major difference, and perhaps the only one, is that I can leave it completely untended while it’s roasting the oven (except for stirring once, half way through the roasting) and just pull it out when done. On the stove, I need to stir much more often or the bottom will likely burn a bit. Oven roasting is just easier in that way.
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  21. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons March 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    I agree, San Marzano tomatoes are worth every penny, especially in a dish like this, where they’re one of the stars. Lovely recipe!
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  22. Cass @foodmyfriend March 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I have already saved this one. Can’t wait to make it. It looks delicious :)

  23. Cindys Recipes and Writings March 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Interesting flavor combo, Susan. Sounds delicious!
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  24. Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 11, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I think I could just drink a bowl of the sauce. Sounds heavenly. Love that you added chick peas. I like to throw them in everything!

  25. Sarah March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    I LIVED on this in college!! Sooooo good and cheap!
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  26. Laura Hunter March 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Perfect! This uses staple ingredients from my pantry so it is a perfect week day meal idea.

  27. Viviana@bonheurcuisine March 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    As soon as I read the post I saved it and today we just had it for dinner! Thanks for such a great dish! Though I used the tomato can available and a bit less garlic and red pepper flakes because of my children. We love spaghetti and the chickpea/ olive/ pine nuts combo was indeed great!
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  28. Terra March 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Love the idea of adding chickpeas. Since I need more protein in my diet, and I am not a huge fan of eating a lot of meat, this is perfect. Your sauce sounds fantastic, love this recipe! Hugs, Terra
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  29. Soni March 13, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Oh my God!I’ve had a similar pasta dish in an Italian restaurant that closed down sometime back :( I’ve been craving this dish for a long time and I think I’ve finally found the recipe :) Will be serving this for our dinner very soon :) Thanks Susan!Pinning!
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  30. Courtney @ Neighborfood March 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Great alternative to traditional meat sauce. Love these photos as well!

  31. Anne @ Webicurean March 15, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    That some big beautiful bowl of pasta! I don’t know that I’ve ever had chick peas with pasta, but I’ll bet it’s delicious!
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