Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas

When we were participating in the $100 Food Challenge we had to “put on our thinking caps” to create some of our meals. I tried to cook healthy, tasty dishes using the ingredients we already had at home. It was challenging on some nights, but we had fun coming up with new recipes.

This pasta dish was one of my favorites. I used whole wheat spaghetti and added in zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, and chickpeas. The chickpeas added a nice nutty flavor and gave the pasta an extra boost of protein. I finished the pasta off with some of our homegrown fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

The pasta was very light and easy to prepare. It makes a great, affordable summer meal!

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables and Chickpeas

(Printable Recipe)

1 box whole wheat spaghetti

Olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

½ onion, chopped

1 Zucchini, chopped

1 Yellow squash, chopped

Large handful of fresh green beans, snap off the ends

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Fresh basil

Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Make sure you salt the water for flavor.

In a large skillet, sauté the onion in a little bit of olive oil. Add in the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add in the vegetables. Cook until tender. Add in the chickpeas. Cook until warm. Drain the pasta and add it to the vegetable mix. Toss with fresh basil and parmesan. Drizzle with more olive oil if you wish. Enjoy!


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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love lighter pasta dishes like this! The addition of veggies is nice in terms of nutrients and because it fills you up without tons of calories. The protein from the chickpeas is a great touch too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I will have to make this soon. What a perfect summer meal, and healthy too! Nice picture at the top, I love the background print!

  3. I love lighter fare like these. And you have complex carbs, extra protein (bonus) and all sorts of fiber and everything. Very awesome Maria. But, that's never been a problem for you at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Very nice and so economical. Zucchini are everywhere in the summer and pasta is cheap. So are chickpeas. This looks very satisfying for the buck.

  5. i can't believe i've never tried chickpeas with pasta. what have i been thinking? this is a great dish, maria, and perfect for summer!

  6. I love the photo. It looks so beautiful. I am not sure about Friday yet. I have to work for a bit during the day and have family coming in town for the weekend. I might just go for the potluck after if I am allowed to do that. Are you going? I would love to actually meet! haha Blogging makes you feel like you know each other, but then again you have never even met ya know?

  7. you know I would gobble this right up. healthy and cheap, this looks so good. I doubt I could get hubby to eat this unless I put some cheese on it…

  8. I love the addition of the chickpeas, not only for taste and texture but your are right- more protein! Lovely photos!

  9. I was looking for a recipe just like this! It's a perfect way to get my veggies in without feeling like I have to force myself to eat them (and without sneaking them into my smoothies). I can't wait to try this!

  10. this looks great! i think i need a similar challenge to get creative with some of the things in my pantry ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hey girl. Honestly- I like both of the girls. I really like Jeanine's strength! And for guys- def Brandon.

  12. What a stunning photo!

    I really like how you used whole wheat pasta and chickpeas here – healthy and delicious!

  13. This looks so good. I saw a similar recipe in Real Simple and was planning on trying it soon, but your version looks even better!

  14. What a great meal for something light and fresh! This looks so delicious and so incredibly healthy…definitely a wonderful summer dish!

  15. Wow! That looks AMAZING! I am going to have to try it. Sounds perfect for a hot summer evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. You make something so healthy look so luscious and delicious! I love chickpeas in just about anything and I know they are great in pasta.

  17. What a great dish… I love both pasta and chickpeas, so combining the two sounds wonderful!

  18. This is welcome at my house any day of the week. That dish is pretty much how we roll all summer long ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful!!