Chickpeas and cacio e pepe pasta sauce join forces to make a filling twist on the classic dish. Simply fry up the chickpeas in a bit of vegetable oil, then toss them with lots of pepper, breadcrumbs toasted in butter, and plenty of Parmesan cheese. It tastes like the classic cheese-and-pepper Italian pasta recipe but with a boost of fiber and protein that’ll keep you satisfied.

Try this dish as a meal, but you can also add chickpeas to salads, soups, or even grain bowls for a crunchy crouton replacement.

Cacio E Pepe Chickpeas

(Serves 2)


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • flaky sea salt to taste


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. When oil is hot, add chickpeas and let cook until golden and crispy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined dish and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add breadcrumbs and cook until golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix chickpeas with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, pepper, and a sprinkle of sea salt until well incorporated. Serve and enjoy.

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(Recipe and photo via Audrey Bruno / Brit + Co)