Entrees/ Vegan

Gluten-Free Chickpea Pasta (Two Ways!) + Video

 Mediterranean Veggie Pasta β†“

Everyone loves pasta right?! I love this particular brand of pasta – Banza Chickpea pasta. It’s gluten-free, and made simply from chickpeas, pea protein, tapioca, and xanthan gum. High in protein, high in fiber, and naturally gluten-free. Delicious & nutritious!

Pasta can definitely be included as part of a healthy diet, especially when eaten more as a side dish (not the main event), or paired with plenty of fiber-rich veggies, healthy fat, and protein. These two recipes are my favorite go-to pasta dishes, made even better with chickpea pasta.

The Mediterranean veggie pasta dish includes some of my favorite toppings like arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, dill, and sautΓ©ed mushrooms/tomatoes/shallots/and chopped nuts. It’s delicious and full of flavor! Topped with plain greek yogurt upon eating for an extra creamy kick.


Mac n’ Cheese is another comfort food I can’t get enough of, but I love to add even more nutrition to it with the addition of butternut squash (helloooo Vitamin A!), vegan parmesan cheese (simply made from blended cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and sea salt), and a few other ingredients. Creamy, delicious, and healthy!

Topped with a few micro greens and more vegan parmesan cheese for epic deliciousness πŸ˜‰

Check Out The Video Below β†“


Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Pasta

  • Author: Caroline Waters
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This delicious mediterranean inspired pasta dish focuses on nutrient dense veggies to lighten up your typical pasta dish. Made with chickpea pasta for a lower carb, higher fiber, and higher protein dish.



  • 5 oz (1 box) Banza Chickpea Pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 12 shallots (or 1/8 cup chopped onion)
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 oz arugula
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 TBSP ghee, melted
  • 1/2 TBSP olive oil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, chop mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, shallots, and almonds and add to saute pan with 1/2 TBSP olive oil or ghee. Saute on medium heat for a few minutes until almonds start to brown and onions become translucent.
  3. Chop arugula and dill and set aside.
  4. Once pasta is ready, add melted ghee and olive oil and mix throughout pasta.
  5. Top pasta with sauteed veggies, chopped arugula, chopped dill, feta cheese, and a dollup of greek yogurt upon serving.

  • Category: Entree


  • Serving Size: 1/2 dish

Keywords: Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Pasta


Vegan Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese

  • Author: Caroline Waters
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x


This lightened up mac n cheese is vegan and packed with fiber, Vitamin A, protein, and taste! Gluten-free by using Banza Chickpea pasta.



  • 5 oz Banza Chickpea Pasta
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 45 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1 TBSP olive or avocado oil
  • 45 TBSP DIY Vegan Parmesan Cheese (see below)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup almond milk


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, saute butternut squash on medium heat with 1 TBSP olive oil, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.
  3. Once butternut squash is cooked and slightly cooled, add to blender with nutritional yeast, olive oil, vegan parmesan cheese, thyme, sage, and almond milk. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  4. Once pasta is finished cooking, coat with butternut squash sauce, mix well, and top with extra vegan parmesan cheese and microgreens or additional herbs if desired.
  5. Enjoy!


To make Vegan Parmesan Cheese, simply blend together 1 cup raw cashews, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp garlic powder in a food processor and blend until mixture is fine and resembles parmesan cheese. Store in an airtight container such as a mason jar and add to any and all dishes for an extra vegan “cheesy” taste!

  • Category: Entree

Keywords: Vegan Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese



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    December 12, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    What a delicious way to enjoy pasta!

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