Zucchini with Chickpeas and Pasta

A quick and easy recipe showcasing zucchini
25 minutes Total Time
10 minutes to prep
15 minutes to cook
3 servings
I adapted this from a Cook's Country recipe, which was a zucchini and chickpea sauce for pasta. This flips the ratios and highlights the zucchini and beans. Grated zucchini has a different texture than chunks, so people who think they don't like zucchini may still enjoy this dish.
I normally prep all ingredients before I being cooking. However, this recipe is so simple, you can prep everything while the water is coming to a boil. You can skip the pasta if you don't eat flour or gluten. This makes a tasty and hearty vegetable dish without the pasta. I like using a shaped pasta here, but any pasta will work. Some people might like more red pepper than I use. This amount just gives a tiny bit of heat.


Ingredients with an * are listed more than once.


  • Gather and prep ingredients.
    Step 0
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to boil in a saucepan.
    Step 1
  • When water is boiling add 1/2 tablespoon of salt to water with the pasta. Stir on occasion. Cook until al dente.
    Step 2
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over low heat in a large pan. Cook garlic and red pepper until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    Step 3
  • Increase heat to medium and add the zucchini and chickpeas to the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Step 4
  • Saute the zucchini and beans for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Smash some of the chickpeas as you stir.
    Step 5
  • Reserve some pasta water before you drain the pasta.
    Step 6
  • Turn off heat, add the cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese. Add pasta water to loosen the sauce and coat the pasta. Serve.
    Step 7
  • Leftovers will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. You may need to add some salt and a little olive oil when heating to improve the flavor and texture.
    Step 8

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