Chickpea-Stuffed Shells Recipe
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Chickpea-Stuffed Shells Recipe

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"i never guessed my picky eaters would agree to try chickpeas, but they gobble them up when I disguise them this way," says Susan Brown from Saugerties, New York. "This pasta dish receives raves from my husband, young son and daughter and dinner guests, too. No one can guess my secret ingredient is nutritious legumes!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 18 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3 stuffed shells) equals 508 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 1066 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, place the chickpeas and egg whites in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the ricotta, parsley, Parmesan, onion and garlic; cover and process until well blended. Pour 1-1/4 cups of spaghetti sauce into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  2. Drain pasta shells; stuff with chickpea mixture. Place over sauce. Drizzle with remaining sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chickpea-Stuffed Shells in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p63

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Very tasty. You don't know there are any chickpeas in the dish at all. I made the recipe exactly as written except I added two garlic cloves instead of one since I really like garlic. Very good recipe! Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"These were absolutely delicious. I only used half of a container of ricotta, I made a simple fresh tomato sauce and left off the mozzarella cheese. Just delicious, they were not dry like another reviewer said. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"We found these to be rather dry. I'll buy more sauce to fix the leftovers, but hubby said don't make them again."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"These were great. I love hiding the fact you get fiber with a dish that usually is so bad for you. I wonder if it would work as the cheesy layer for lasagna? That's next."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I've made these 2x now and my kids still don't know about the chickpeas - love that they are getting more fiber while loving what they eat!"

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