Vegan Zesty Vegan Italian Casserole

Vegan Zesty Vegan Italian Casserole

“Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Italy with this zesty vegan Italian casserole. Layered with hearty chickpeas, vibrant bell peppers, and a medley of aromatic spices, this dish marries the comforting essence of traditional Italian cuisine with plant-based goodness. The combination of savory diced tomatoes, zesty marinara sauce, and fragrant herbs creates a tantalizing melody of flavors. Topped with optional vegan cheese and finished with fresh basil, each bite of this wholesome casserole delivers a satisfying burst of taste and texture, making it a delightful and nourishing addition to your table.”


  • 8 oz pasta (penne, fusilli, or your choice)
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegan cheese shreds (optional for topping)
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a casserole dish.
  2. Cook the Pasta:
    • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Filling:
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic until softened.
    • Add the chickpeas, diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Assemble the Casserole:
    • In the greased casserole dish, layer half of the cooked pasta at the bottom.
    • Pour half of the chickpea-tomato mixture over the pasta layer.
    • Add another layer with the remaining pasta and top it with the rest of the chickpea-tomato mixture.
  5. Bake:
    • If desired, sprinkle vegan cheese shreds over the top.
    • Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
    • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until bubbly and slightly golden.
  6. Serve:
    • Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Nutritional Information:

The nutritional values can vary based on specific ingredients used and serving sizes. Generally, this dish is rich in plant-based protein, fiber, and various nutrients from the chickpeas, vegetables, and pasta. Adjustments or variations in the recipe will impact the nutritional values accordingly.