Rotini with Blistered Tomatoes, Chickpeas + Fresh Herbs

An easy, 20 minute gluten-free and vegetarian pasta dish that's a little smoky, a little spicy if you like and unbelievably delicious!

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Rotini with Blistered Tomatoes, Chickpeas + Fresh Herbs

Savory, a little smoky and a little spicy!

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Update Winter/ Spring 2021: This was originally made using Summer tomatoes because if you’ve followed me a while, you know much we love them! But there’s really nothing better than blistered tomatoes anytime!

In fact, some would argue that when tomatoes aren’t fresh off the vine and juicy, then blistered tomatoes are the best kind of tomatoes!

And this pasta is so uniquely flavored!

Smoked paprika gives it a smoky flavor, and crushed red pepper makes it a little spicy.

Plus there’s lots of fresh herbs (though I didn’t have marjoram today and it still was so good!) Topped with feta it is dreamy!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Original post…

Summer tomatoes are like candy! They are so sweet and juicy and we can’t get enough!

One of our favorite ways to enjoy them is in a quick and easy pasta!

Because they are so sweet and juicy and flavorful, they don’t require much to turn them into a delicious sauce.

We like to saute in olive oil for just 10 minutes, mix with pasta and it is  melt in your mouth delicious!

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For this simple pasta dish, we started with tomatoes and added chickpeas, feta and a unique & unbelievably delicious combination of spices as herbs.

The sauteed tomatoes are seasoned with smoked paprika and fresh marjoram in addition to the more classic Italian parsley & crushed red pepper.

Together with the pasta they are tossed with chickpeas and feta for a fresh, very slightly smoky, somewhat spicy (can be as spicy as you like!) flavor.

All you need is 10 ingredients:

cherry tomatoes

canned chickpeas (missing from photo)


smoked paprika

red pepper flakes

fresh Italian parsley

fresh marjoram

plain tomato paste

your favorite gluten-free rotini (we used Banza Chickpea Pasta here)

and crumbled feta.

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And it comes together really quickly.

While the pasta cooks, you saute the tomatoes in a bit of extra virgin olive oil for 10 minutes until they blister. Sometimes, I’ll cover the pan to speed it up.

Then you stir in the spices and tomato paste and chickpeas, heat for just a minute…

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Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss it all together.

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Top with feta, serve and enjoy!

It’s a little savory, a little smoky, a little spicy and A LOT delicious!

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Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times .

Hope you love it as much as we do!

And since one of the most asked questions is “what is our favorite brand of pasta?”, I’m linking to the blog post about Our Favorite Pasta Brands.  (This was Banza)

Let me know what your  favorite brands are!

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Rotini with Blistered Tomatoes, Chickpeas + Fresh Herbs

An easy and irresistible 20 minute gluten-free and vegetarian pasta with a unique and unbelievably delicious combination of flavors. Seasoned with smoked paprika, marjoram and Italian parsley, it's fresh and slightly smoky. Add in some extra crushed pepper and it can be a little spicy (if you want!). Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Veggies, Pasta
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan optional
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon. smoked paprika if you're unsure about the smoky flavor, start with 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons plain tomato paste
  • 1 15- oz. can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. gluten-free rotini we used Banza Chickpea Rotini for an extra boost of protein and fiber
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese omit if dairy free or vegan


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta according to package. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet, over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering (not burning).
  • Add tomatoes, and stirring occasionally, cook 10 minutes or until tomatoes start to blister.
  • Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Add tomatoes paste and stir over heat for about 1 minute. Add in chickpeas, then parsley and marjoram.
  • Add cooked pasta to the skillet with the tomato-chickpea mixture and toss to coat. Mix reserved cooking liquid a little at a time to thicken the "sauce". (You will most likely only need to use 1/2 cup -3/4 cup of the reserved water but better to have extra just in case!)
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle with feta with using, serve and enjoy!
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3 thoughts on “Rotini with Blistered Tomatoes, Chickpeas + Fresh Herbs

  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night for my family and it was delicious! I loved the little kick that was added by the smoked paprika. It’s a great pasta dish for the spring/summer time because it’s not too heavy, and is full of veggies. My whole family enjoyed it very much, definitely will be making it again!

  2. 5 stars
    I really liked this recipe as it’s light and fresh. However the tomatoes are difficult for me to get and I was wondering what other veggies would be great? I was thinking of sautéed carrots or another garden veggie that can hold the sautéing.

5 from 2 votes

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