Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Basil

Roasting vegetables is an easy way to add flavor to a dish, and, yes, you can absolutely do it without added oil—the results are delectable.

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By Del Sroufe,

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  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces whole-grain spaghetti
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Have ready a nonstick baking sheet or line one with parchment paper.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle them with the granulated garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Spread them on the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast the tomatoes until they start to shrivel, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • During the last 10 minutes that the tomatoes are roasting, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Transfer the pasta to a bowl. Add the chickpeas, the roasted tomatoes, the basil, and as much of the reserved cooking water as desired to moisten, and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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(5 from 3 votes)

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Erica Thomas

Added a bit of nutritional yeast, which made the flavor a bit better for us. Nice, simple dish.

Dapper Desperado

I give it 5 stars for simplicity. The roasted tomatoes are by far the highlight. Make sure you roast enough so that you get tomato in every bite and you'll be happy. I never thought about having chickpeas in pasta, but this was a welcome addition.

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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