Need something for healthy dinner tonight, and fast? Make this simple garlic pasta! My favorite easy pasta recipe and childhood meal, it’s full of healthy vegetables and protein-rich chickpeas. Easily made in just 15 minutes, it’s a staple that requires very few ingredients and is so satisfying.
When I think back to the origins of my garlic obsession, I realize this meal played a foundational role. Every birthday I would request it for dinner, though as a family we ate garlic pasta multiple times a month. I never got tired of it! For a childhood “comfort food,” it never leaves me feeling sluggish afterward.
It is very useful to have something in your back pocket that can be whipped up in 15 minutes after a long day of work, something that will please a crowd. This easy pasta packs well for lunches and is endlessly customizable.
How to modify this easy pasta recipe
- Feel free to substitute whatever kind of pasta you wish; it works with both long (spaghetti) and short (like penne) varieties.
- Running low on broccoli? Toss in some green beans or bell peppers instead!
- I am using cashew parmesan for a garnish, but if you are not plant-based, regular grated cheese works as well.
- If you’re looking for an easy cashew parmesan, I recommend this one from Minimalist Baker.
The quality of your chickpeas is important here, many store-bought canned beans are very small and pebble-like. Goya is by far and away my favorite brand, and I highly recommend it. You will definitely notice the difference!
Parsley and cherry tomatoes are very optional, but fun add-ins if you have them on hand.
I hope you enjoy this quick and satisfying meal. I make this dish about once a week so it’s very likely I have leftovers in my fridge right now. 🙂Print