Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

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In my quest to figure out the best way to use pantry staples - let me introduce you to Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas!!

Skillet with completed cheesy chickpeas topped with fresh basil on a countertop surrounded by cut up bread loaf and basil pieces.


 

Why I Love This Recipe

Last week I got a LOT of questions about what to do with a can of chickpeas. Usually my answer would be duh, hummus or this chickpea chopped salad. But I decided to expand my horizons and make a recipe for Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas and OMG IT'S BETTER THAN HUMMUS. Truly. The recipe is meant to serve 4, but my husband and I took it down all my ourselves for dinner one night it's that good.

These Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas are reminiscent of my chicken parmesan or my delicious eggplant parmesan recipe but with no parmesan. They take minutes to make, almost no prep work, and can be served on their own or with a side of bread so you can soak up all these cheesy tomato goodness at the bottom of the skillet!

And I used a traditional jarred tomato sauce (Rao's) but you can use anything you want or any flavor. Tomato Basil, Vodka Sauce, Arriabatta, whatever you have on hand!

Skillet with completed cheesy chickpeas  on a countertop surrounded by cut up bread loaf and basil pieces.

Ingredients

Skillet cheesy chickpeas recipe visual ingredients such as mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper, chickpeas, marinara sauce, water, and onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Water
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Basil and Bread to Garnish / Serve

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below

How to Make Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

A skillet on a countertop with thinly sliced white onion and crushed garlic sautéing in olive oil

Step 1: Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

A skillet on a countertop with sautéed white onion, crushed garlic, chickpeas, and fresh marinara sauce

Step 2: Add the chickpeas and stir to combine, followed by the marinara sauce, boiling water to thin it out and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

A skillet on a countertop with sautéed white onion, crushed garlic, chickpeas, and fresh marinara sauce, topped with shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 3: Add the shredded cheese on top and transfer to the broiler to melt the cheese until bubbly and golden.

A skillet with sautéed white onion, crushed garlic, chickpeas, and fresh marinara sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese on a countertop with a small bowl of basil beside completed dish

Step 4: Season with salt and pepper and basil.

How to Store Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

To store this recipe, I usually transfer the remaining leftovers to an air-tight container. Then, when you're ready to reheat these leftovers, you can pop it in the microwave until warm, or if you prefer, you can place it in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes and serve as needed.

Tips & Tricks

  • Serve over roasted chicken: If you're looking to use this recipe in a main dish, serving this over roasted chicken is the perfect way to spice up your weeknight meals. Delish!
  • Don't forget your basil!: Topping this recipe with fresh basil is key to bringing all the flavors together. Plus, who doesn't love to see that pop of color?!
  • Serve with chunky bread: Looking to use this as a side dish alongside your main course? A fresh french baguette is the perfect way to serve this recipe.

FAQs

Do I have to soak my chickpeas before cooking?

Soaking your chickpeas is not necessary for this recipe, but, if you would like to do so beforehand, be my guest!

Should I rinse my chickpeas before cooking?

Yes! You should always rinse your chickpeas after they've been drained from their can. This ensures that they are free of any excess sodium.

Pairs Well With

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Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 34 votes
Need a quick recipe to use canned chickpeas, these Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas are incredible and super easy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • basil and bread to garnish / serve

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the chickpeas and stir to combine, followed by the marinara sauce, boiling water to thin it out and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the shredded cheese on top and transfer to the broiler to melt the cheese until bubbly and golden. Season with salt and pepper and basil.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
  • Serve over roasted chicken: If you're looking to use this recipe in a main dish, serving this over roasted chicken is the perfect way to spice up your weeknight meals. Delish!
  • Don't forget your basil!: Topping this recipe with fresh basil is key to bringing all the flavors together. Plus, who doesn't love to see that pop of color?!
  • Serve with chunky bread: Looking to use this as a side dish alongside your main course? A fresh french baguette is the perfect way to serve this recipe.
 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg
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38 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Honestly wish I had taken a photo..but didn’t think it would taste super great, kids made fun of me ages 21 & 24 and then they gobbled it up and couldn’t stop talking about how good it was..will definitely be making again ~ excellent meatless Monday!!!

  2. Soooo yum and easy! What a great idea incorporating pantry items!

    I sautéed some kale before adding 1 can of chickpeas (instead of 2).

  3. 5 stars
    This was uh-mazing. I was skeptical. It seemed too easy, but that was also the appeal. I sauteed the onions a little longer than the recipe calls for because I like the caramelized flavor and the cheese was a hodgepodge of cheeses I was trying to use up. I served it with crispy polenta fries and a salad and it was the most perfect quarantine comfort food. This is definitely going into the quick, easy and delicious dinner rotation.

  4. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING! Perfect quarantine comfort food. We had it with a big green salad and fried polenta. Delish! Will be making again and again.

  5. I have chickpeas coming from Rancho Gordo. Any changes need to be made for dried chickpeas, ya think? Aside from the initial soaking obviously.

  6. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this!! I don’t have any basil on hand unfortunately so I will try with oregano and I think I’ll make some homemade corn tortilla chips for dipping!

    1. 5 stars
      This is DELISH! I ate it with a big, creamy avocado, and it was exactly the comfort food I was craving!

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