Marry Me Chickpeas: 20-Minute Creamy Comfort

This Marry Me Chickpeas recipe will live up to its name – a dish featuring tender chickpeas enveloped in a luxurious tomato sauce that is perfect for cozy nights. This easy recipe is sure to become a weeknight staple.

Marry me chickpeas in a white bowl with Dutch oven in the background.

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Marry Me Chickpea is a vegetarian take on the popular Marry Me Chicken. This recipe is not just about the playful name; it is also incredibly flavorful and surprisingly simple to prepare.

This dish features tender chickpeas bathed in a rich, creamy tomato sauce bursting with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and warm spices. The name itself originates from the idea that this dish is so delicious that it could inspire a marriage proposal.

This dish is ready in 20 minutes with minimal ingredients. Enjoy it as a comforting main course served over pasta, rice, or crusty bread for a delicious meal.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make marry me chickpeas on a white surface.

Cooked chickpeas: You can either use canned chickpeas or cook dried chickpeas at home.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Oil: These tomatoes are packed with intense flavor and add a rich, tangy sweetness to the dish. Reserve the oil for cooking as it carries the infused flavors.

Dairy (Heavy Cream, Parmesan Cheese): Heavy cream enriches the sauce with its creamy texture, while Parmesan cheese adds a salty umami richness. For a dairy-free option, you can substitute with coconut cream and nutritional yeast, respectively.

See the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and quantities.

Step-by-step Instructions

Sauted onion and sundried tomatoes in Dutch oven.

Step 1: Place a frying pan or Dutch oven on medium heat and add oil from the sun-dried tomato jar. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes or until the onion begins to soften. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook until they begin to soften – about 2 minutes.

Chickpeas and spices simmering in Dutch oven.

Step 2: Stir in chickpeas, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring it to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the mixture begins to reduce slightly.

Cream stirred into cooked chickpeas.

Step 3: Slowly add the cream and mix gently. Simmer for one minute, then turn off the heat.

Topped with parmesan cheese.

Step 4: Stir in the parmesan cheese and mix gently.

Expert Tips

  • Utilize the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes to sauté shallots and garlic. This adds an extra layer of flavor and richness to the dish.
  • Adjust the amount of heavy cream according to your preference for creaminess.
  • You can substitute other beans like cannellini, kidney, or white beans for a different flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

For a satisfying meal, serve Marry Me Chickpeas over pasta or rice, allowing the creamy tomato sauce to coat every bite. Accompany it with crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce, or enjoy it as a flavorful side dish alongside your favorite protein.

For a lighter option, pair it with a simple green salad dressed with vinaigrette. Whether served as a main course or appetizer, Marry Me Chickpeas is sure to impress with its rich flavors and versatility.

Storage Tips

For leftovers, store the cooled dish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The flavors often meld even better overnight, making it perfect for meal prep.

Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to a month, thawing overnight before reheating gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.

More Chickpea Recipes

  1. If you’re craving exotic flavors, don’t miss this vegan Moroccan Chickpea Salad recipe featuring a delightful blend of spices and textures.”
  2. Looking for a hearty yet portable option? Try this Chickpea Salad Sandwich recipe for a satisfying meal on the go.”
  3. For a more substantial meal, dive into our Chickpea Eggplant Buddha Bowl recipe, brimming with wholesome ingredients and rich flavors.
  4. Crave something creamy? Try this Chickpea Deviled Eggs. Bursting with savory spices and creamy filling, they’re a delightful twist on a classic appetizer that’s sure to please any palate.
  5. Spice up your side dishes with this easy vegan alternative to coleslaw! The Roasted Chickpea Crunch Salad is a breeze to prepare. It offers a unique textural contrast and protein boost compared to traditional coleslaw, all ready in no time.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this dish dairy-free?

Absolutely! Substitute the heavy cream with coconut cream for a dairy-free alternative, and omit the Parmesan cheese or use a dairy-free cheese alternative.

What if my sauce is too thick/thin?

Add more broth or water for a thinner consistency, or simmer longer to reduce and thicken.

What are good substitutes for sun-dried tomatoes?

Chopped fresh tomatoes or tomato paste can be used, though the flavor profile will be slightly different.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the Marry Me Chickpeas ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.

Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned ones?

Yes, you can use dried chickpeas, but you’ll need to soak and cook them before incorporating them into the recipe.

Marry me chickpeas in a white bowl garnished with parsley with Dutch oven in the background.

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Marry me chickpeas garnished with parsley.

Marry Me Chickpeas

This Marry Me Chickpeas recipe will live up to its name – a dish featuring tender chickpeas enveloped in a luxurious tomato sauce that is perfect for cozy nights.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Shilpa

Equipment

  • Frying pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place a frying pan or Dutch oven on medium heat and add oil from the sun-dried tomato jar. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook until they begin to soften – about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in chickpeas, vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring it to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the mixture begins to reduce slightly.
  • Slowly add the cream and mix gently. Simmer for one minute, then turn off the heat. Stir in the parmesan cheese and mix gently. Top with parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Utilize the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes to sauté shallots and garlic. This adds an extra layer of flavor and richness to the dish.
  • Adjust the amount of heavy cream according to your preference for creaminess.
  • You can substitute other beans like cannellini, kidney, or white beans for a different flavor profile.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 1mg
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