Zucchini Pasta with Chickpeas & Basil Print Recipe Print Recipe

I don’t know if it’s because I grew up eating pasta [every Sunday], but I’m not much of a fan.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s some great [gluten-free] pasta dishes, but it’s not my go-to.

We’ve had this mandoline for a while, maybe it was a wedding gift? Either way, we finally pulled it out and thought we’d experiment with a bundle of zucchini we picked up at Trader Joes. Some ended up as zucchini chips, which my husband then attempted to fry. Not bad, minus the oil splatters everywhere. After a while we had about four difference textures, shapes and sizes of zucchini. Man, just think what else you could make,  shred, slice and dice. I’m excited and yes, I’m a nerd. Food nerd?

A week later and we’re still eating this zucchini pasta dish. He’ll add chicken, while I continue my obsession with chickpeas. We’ll either use roasted tomatoes, made into a sauce or open up a jar of marinara sauce. The great thing is you can be creative, as the “noodles” are adaptable.

This dish is also great for leftovers, my husband [correct, my husband] packs this for his lunch. I’ve eaten it cold.  Standing in the kitchen. Possibly out of the bowl…

For all you parents, this might be a way to get your kids to eat their veggies… maybe? maybe not? It’s good. really good + it’s healthy and gluten-free!

{Created/Photographed by With Style and Grace}

Chickpea Zucchini “Pasta” with marinara sauce

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  • 4-5 medium zucchini, stringed via a mandoline
  • 1 14oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, fresh or jarred
  • fresh basil
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • red pepper [chili] flakes


  • add or replace beans with shredded chicken
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese


We use a mandoline slicer to string the zucchini. If you don’t have a mandoline, you’re going to need a really sharp knife and a lot of patience.

On medium heat, add zucchini noodles to your non-stick pan; season with salt + pepper. Stir occasionally until noodles become soft – able to twirl on a fork. Add marinara sauce and chickpeas. Remove from heat, add fresh basil and depending on your heat tolerance, sprinkle with red pepper flakes for a little spice.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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  • http://brightbazaar.blogspot.com Will

    This looks SOOO good. Defo trying it!

  • http://www.bevcooks.com Bev Weidner

    LOVE. Zucchini pasta is all the rage right now across bloggerton land.
    I just made some myself!


    I’m trying yours next though, adding chickpeas. YUM.

  • http://cookieandkate.com Cookie and Kate

    Yum! I’ve made wide zucchini “noodles” with a vegetable peeler, but I’m anxious to get a mandoline or spiralizer so I can make fun skinny noodles. Your recipe actually reminds me quite a bit of the one I came up with (http://cookieandkate.com/2011/zucchini-noodles-with-arrabiata-chickpeas/). Sounds and looks delicious!

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    This looks delish! I will have to try it. Hope your are having a great trip!

  • http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com Kate

    You read my mind! I can’t stop using my spiralizer – zucchini, summer squash, and garnet yam “noodles” are all refreshing and raw. Perfect summer treat. I like to top my zucchini with gazpacho, and my sweet potato with lime-cilantro dressing. Enjoy!


  • http://www.athoughtforfood.net Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I made something similar last year, but I included real pasta into the mix (couldn’t help myself). But this looks light and lovely and totally tasty!

  • http://stylecusp.com Marissa

    This looks SO delicious! I’m a gluten-free gal myself, and am constantly searching for new ways and substitutes for pasta dishes. Definitely trying this!


  • http://www.mountainmamacooks.com Kelley

    I’ve never done this though I have a mandoline. I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

  • http://www.perrysplate.com Natalie

    I just got a mandoline and I have yet to make zucchini “noodles”. This recipe tops my list as I have basil exploding outside! Thanks for a refreshing vegetarian summer meal!

  • http://www.breakfastatmoms.blogspot.com Breakfast At Mom’s

    This looks delish! We just had something similar last night. It was on the cover of Whole Living magazine for this month. Zucchini pasta pasted the husband test!

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    My kind of meal!

  • http://www.ridgelysradar.com Ridgely’s Radar

    Looks delicious! Will definitely have to try it out! Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://turquoiseandteale.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Chickpeas, basil and zucchini? 3 of my favorites! I’ll have to try!

  • http://www.cookincanuck.com Cookin’ Canuck

    This is such a fun alternative to a standard pasta dish. Your picture totally had me fooled – I thought those strips of zucchini were strands of spaghetti.

  • http://reluctantentertainer.com Sandy @ RE

    Hey girl, love this. Sending it on to my sis who IS gluten-free! Have a fabulous day!

  • http://www.aggieskitchen.com Aggie

    awww, man, I need a mandoline! I want to make zucchini pasta! I bet this is so so good, especially with those chickpeas! I love chickpeas in my pasta!