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Cast iron skillet filled with chickpea cherry tomato pasta

Cherry Tomato Chickpea Pasta {high-protein, grain-free, vegan, 5 ingredients}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Amazing, delicious and ready in 20 minutes: high protein cherry tomato chickpea pasta! It is also vegan, grain-free and made with only 5 ingredients. 



  • 1 8-ounce (227 g) chickpea pasta penne {e.g., Banza, Barilla}
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes (red, yellow, or both)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese (see notes for options)
  • fine sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Boil a large pot of water (salt the water, if desired). Add the chickpea pasta; cook until al dente, according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet set over medium-high heat until hot. Add the tomatoes.
  3. Cook and stir the tomatoes for 4 to 6 minutes until the tomatoes begin to brown and burst.  Continue cooking and stirring for a minute longer.
  4. Drain the pasta; add to the skillet with the tomatoes, tossing to combine and coat the pasta.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the parsley and vegan Parmesan cheese; gently toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Eat and enjoy!


Storage: Store any leftover (cooled) pasta in an airtight container for up to 1 day. Reheat over low heat in skillet until warmed through, adding 1  or 2 tablespoon of water to the skillet, as needed.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese Alternatives: One to three tablespoons of nutritional yeast, or 1/4 cup of finely chopped, toasted nuts or seeds (e.g., walnuts, hemp hearts, pepitas) can be used in place of the vegan Parmesan cheese. Store-bought vegan Parmesan is another option.  If you eat dairy, feel free to use grated Parmesan, Asiago or Romano cheese.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop


  • Serving Size: About 2 cups (1/4 of recipe)
  • Calories: 303
  • Sugar: 9.5 g
  • Sodium: 263 mg
  • Fat: 11.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.6 g
  • Fiber: 10.7 g
  • Protein: 17.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: chickpea pasta, grain-free, vegan, high protein, 5 ingredients, clean eating, healthy pasta, plant protein, high fiber

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