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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 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
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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