Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies


This veggie-packed dish is so creamy and full of protein (thanks to chickpeas!).

Total Time:
35 mins
7 cups


  • cup unsalted raw cashews

  • Boiling water

  • 12 ounce dried whole grain or brown rice fettuccine

  • 1 cup chopped fresh asparagus

  • 2 cup lightly packed fresh spinach or arugula

  • ½ cup frozen peas, slightly thawed

  • 1 ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil and/or parsley (optional)

  • Shaved Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a small bowl combine cashews and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes; drain. Rinse and drain again. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus the last 3 minutes and spinach and peas the last 1 minute; drain.

  2. In a small saucepan whisk together 1 1/4 cups water and flour until smooth (mixture may be a bit foamy). Cook and stir over medium heat just until bubbly.

  3. For sauce, in a blender combine soaked cashews, flour mixture, and next five ingredients (through pepper). Cover and pulse several times, then blend 5 minutes or until smooth. If desired, stir in basil and/or parsley.

  4. Transfer pasta mixture to a serving dish. Drizzle with sauce; toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional black pepper and, if desired, cheese.

    Chickpea Alfredo with Spring Veggies
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

290 Calories
7g Fat
49g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 290
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 7.4mg 37%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 209mg 4%
Folate, total 55mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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