One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Peppers

Need a quick dinner idea? This Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Roasted Red Peppers is it! This delicious dinner uses only ingredients that are likely to be in your pantry and it’s made all in one pot! It’s also dairy-free and vegan and sure to a be a hit with the whole family.

Easy one pot pasta with chickpeas in a bowlQuick Pantry Pasta

We are all about quick and easy dinners, especially during busy seasons of our lives. This Quick Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Roasted Red Peppers is definitely a winner. It’s made all in one pot, with items you likely already have in your pantry and will surely be a hit with everyone. Did I mention it takes less than 20 minutes to cook? That means that if you are walking in the door with absolutely no idea what you are going to make for dinner, this will save you! It’s also easy to swap in other ingredients in case you don’t have the chickpeas or roasted red peppers so this one really is a life saver. Save this recipe and hang it on your fridge for the next time you need dinner fast.

Pantry Pasta Ingredients

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Penne Pasta
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Chickpeas
  • Water / Broth
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Pasta with roasted red peppers in a pot

How One Pot Pasta Works

If you are new to the concept of cooking pasta all in one pot, let me explain how it works! Typically pasta is cooked separately in lots of boiling water, then drained before being used in whatever dish you are making. But a one pot pasta instead boils the pasta directly in whatever “sauce” you are using. In this recipe, the pasta is boiled in a mixture of marinara sauce and water (or broth, if you have it in your pantry!). Instead of just filling the pot with water, a precise amount is added to ensure that when the pasta is finished cooking, there is just enough liquid leftover to make your sauce. The resulting sauce is “creamier” because any starch that is leftover in the cooking liquid is left in the pot, instead of being discarded when draining the pasta. Because it’s all cooked in one pot, follow the directions and ingredient amounts precisely to ensure the correct amount of sauce leftover at the end.

Also note that when the pasta is finished cooking, the sauce might look like it is too watery. It will thicken in about 5 minutes to be the perfect amount, so have patience.

What Type of Pasta to Use

We tested this one pot pantry pasta with a lot of different types of gluten-free pasta and with traditional wheat pasta as well. It all worked the same! However, you must use penne pasta for this, as the amount of water called for is based off of the type of pasta used.

When you are cooking this, the recipe calls for you to cook the pasta as long as the package directions call for, after it has come to a boil, so be sure to check for that information on the pasta package.

Pasta with chickpeas

Alternative Ingredients for Pantry Pasta

We based this recipe off of the idea that marinara, chickpeas and roasted red peppers are often what can be commonly found in the pantries of many families. However, you can make some swaps for what you have on hand, such as switching the beans (or omitting them) or even adding meat to this dish. However, you can not swap out the use of 25 ounces of marinara sauce or the amount of water/broth called for, because it will affect the final dish.

Some other ideas for swaps to make:

  • Canned White Beans
  • Frozen Veggies (peas, cauliflower)
  • Canned Artichokes (maybe add in some olives for a mediterranean twist!)
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Canned Tuna
  • Leftover Veggies 

Adding Meat to this Dish

If you wanted to add ground meat, cook it first in the pot, then add the remaining ingredients.

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Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas and Peppers

Prep Time 00:02 Cook Time 00:18 Total Time 00:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1-25 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces penne pasta (we used gluten-free)
  • 4 cups water / broth 
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1-15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large dutch oven and stir together to combine. Turn the heat on to medium high and let the mixture come up to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, cook the pasta for as long as the package instruction states (if package says to cook pasta for 10 minutes, cook for 10 minutes), stirring every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked through, let it sit for 5 minutes while the sauce continues to thicken up.
  4. Serve as is, or with parmesan cheese and basil for garnish.

Recipe Notes

  1. The pasta can stick to the bottom of the pot after it has begun to boil. Make sure to stir the pot, scraping up any pasta off of the bottom very frequently. 
  2. We really recommend adding broth / bone broth if you have it in your pantry.
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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

I am super into chicken salad as of late. Cranberry Walnut, Pesto, Apple Dill… you name it. Now that I make my own mayo it’s great. I don’t need to worry about using ingredients I’m not thrilled about, and can get pretty creative! But, I don’t always have the mayo on hand and for those moments I go honey mustard. It is so good. I love the addition of roasted red peppers and cilantro in it, like really really love those flavors together.

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Simple to throw together and packed with great flavor. Perfect meal prep food right there!

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

 

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. organic chicken
  2. 1/4 cup mustard (I often use 2 tbsp dijon, 2 tbsp spicy brown)
  3. 2 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  5. 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
Instructions
  1. 1. Prepare chicken as desired: poach it or make some crock-pot shredded chicken
  2. 2. In a bowl whisk together mustard and honey, set aside
  3. 3. When chicken is done and ready to assemble chop cilantro and red peppers
  4. 4. Combine chicken, honey mustard, cilantro, and red pepper; mix well
  5. 5. Store in refrigerator!
Notes
  1. I often make more honey mustard as desired based on who I am serving to, I also often double this for meal prep!
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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken SaladDo you love chicken salad? What is your favorite kind? What is the craziest chicken salad flavor combo you’ve tried  and loved?

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. organic chicken
  • 1/4 cup mustard (I often use 2 tbsp dijon, 2 tbsp spicy brown)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped

Directions

  • 1. Prepare chicken as desired: poach it or make some crock-pot shredded chicken
  • 2. In a bowl whisk together mustard and honey, set aside
  • 3. When chicken is done and ready to assemble chop cilantro and red peppers
  • 4. Combine chicken, honey mustard, cilantro, and red pepper; mix well
  • 5. Store in refrigerator!
  • Recipe Notes

  • I often make more honey mustard as desired based on who I am serving to, I also often double this for meal prep!
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    There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my privacy policy for more information about this, the information we save, and more!