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Meatless Monday with Vegan Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce over Pasta Shells

Welcome to the Miratel blog for another Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. The Meatless Monday pledge aims to reduce meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve personal and planetary health. You may well be aware that Miratel has taken the pledge to support this great initiative, which we have included as part of our CSR business strategies to spread awareness of the impact of food choices on our environment.

Hearty and warming meals are not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of vegan cooking. This doesn’t have to be the case, as vegan cooking can be just as satisfying as any dish containing meat or meat-byproducts. Today, we’re sharing with you a vegan twist on an Italian dish with this Vegan Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells. This great recipe (and idea) comes from One Green Planet, the total authority on all things good for the planet and its inhabitants like being vegan.

Vegan Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, choppedvegan chickpea meat sauce over pasta shells
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • A dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon red miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 13 ounces gluten-free or whole wheat pasta shells
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)
  • Chopped fresh basil, for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat a large skillet to medium-high, add a splash of water or vegetable broth, and sauté the chopped onion and carrot for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  2. While the carrots and onion cook, put the chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to break them down. You don’t want hummus — but you also don’t want any whole chickpeas remaining. Set aside.
  3. Stir the herbs and spices into the onion/carrot mixture and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the chickpeas and sauté for about 5 minutes, letting them brown a bit.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, miso, tomato paste, and maple syrup, scraping up the yummy browned bits and stirring well to combine. Turn down the heat to low and let the sauce bubble for about 30 minutes. If you have one of those mesh screens, this is the time to use it.
  5. Stir the sauce occasionally, adding broth or water if it becomes too thick. While it cooks, get the pasta water going and cook according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4-1/2 cup of the pasta water, if desired (you can use this to further thin the sauce, if necessary).
  6. When the sauce is done, taste and adjust the seasonings. Pour the pasta into the sauce and stir well, making sure to coat each and every tender shell. Serve with copious amounts of vegan Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.


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One Response to Meatless Monday with Vegan Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce over Pasta Shells

  1. pasta looks delicious, thanks for great post

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