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Skillet Chickpeas with Whipped Ricotta

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Skillet Chickpeas with Whipped Ricotta- chickpeas are cooked in a hearty marinara sauce with spinach, garlic, onion, and herbs. To finish the dish, add a few dollops of whipped ricotta cheese. and serve with crusty bread!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 285kcal


For the whipped ricotta:

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • Flaky sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the skillet chickpeas:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30 ounces canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 28 ounces marinara sauce, homemade or we like Rao’s
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • Crusty bread, for serving


  • First, make the whipped ricotta. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, olive oil, basil, lemon zest, honey, salt, and pepper. Use a hand mixer to whip the ricotta until light and airy, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the chickpeas, marinara sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped ricotta on top and crusty bread on the side. The ricotta will melt into the chickpeas, and you can dip your bread into the heavenly sauce!


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1034mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2257IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 4mg