no-fuss chickpea sauce with penne

chickpea sauce with cooked penne pasta in skillet with a wooden spoon

Fuss-free chickpea sauce is savory, sweet, even a bit cheesy, and a favorite for a quick delicious pasta dinner or a dress up for your favorite veggies.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 cup carrots, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. chili flakes
  • 1  - 15-oz. (400 gm.) can undrained chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 8 oz. (225 gm.) whole wheat penne pasta (or another pasta of your choice)
  • Ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • Chopped parsley and basil for garnish (optional)


Timing tip: To serve with pasta, start the water before you add the onions and carrots.

  1. Heat a skillet or pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add ½ cup of vegetable broth, add the garlic, oregano, and red chili flakes. Keep the heat low and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remember, the softer the carrots, the smoother the sauce.
  3. When the carrots are cooked, cut the heat and add them to a food processor or blender along with the undrained chickpeas, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and ½ cup of vegetable broth. Start at a slow speed for a minute, then increase the speed, checking for consistency, and adding more broth until you get a consistency you like.
  4. Return the sauce to the pan to reheat and either pour it over pasta or vegetables or mix them in.
  5. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and/or parsley.


  • Be mindful of adding any salt to the sauce until after you puree it. The nutritional yeast and vegetable broth (depending on the brand), may be enough. Taste first, add last.
  • The nutritional information is for the chickpea sauce with penne. We love this sauce with pasta, but it’s so good over vegetables, so the final nutritional analysis may vary widely.

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