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Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas is a quick and easy meatless meal made with simple pantry ingredients. A budget friendly recipe for lunch or dinner!

bowl of shell pasta with chickpeas and tomatoes made in Instant Pot

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy recipe with few ingredients, check out this quick Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas. It’s super simple, and even my picky eaters loved it!

So, we’re definitely meat lovers, but I like to serve meatless meals so that we’re not eating meat three times a day. It’s definitely easier on the budget!

And you really won’t miss the meat here. The chickpeas add texture and a subtle nutty flavor that goes so well with pasta! This also a great beginner Instant Pot recipe!

Budget Friendly Pantry Meal

You can make pasta and chickpeas (pasta e ceci) with just a few items from your pantry. I also toss in a little shredded Parmesan cheese at the end, but it’s not essential. Here’s what you need:

  • Pasta — I use shell pasta, but any short pasta works
  • Canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Spices
  • Olive oil

How to Make Pasta with Chickpeas in the Instant Pot

Just add your pasta to the Instant Pot. Then, add your spices and water.

Next, add the can of chickpeas — don’t drain it! Then, add your canned diced tomatoes — undrained.

Don’t stir everything together, just yet. You can mix the ingredients later.

pasta, chickpeas and diced tomatoes in the instant pot

You only need to pressure cook the pasta for 4 minutes. The pot does take a few minutes to reach pressure, but after that, it cooks quickly.

Stir everything together, pour a little olive oil over the pasta, and you’re ready to eat! You can sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta when you serve it.

shells with tomatoes and garbanzo beans in the pressure cooker

And that’s all there is to this easy dinner! Next to making plain pasta in the Instant Pot, this is probably the easiest Instant Pot pasta recipe I’ve made!

If you have fresh spinach or kale, you can throw some in after pressure cooking. You can also sub chicken or beef stock for the water.

My kids had the leftovers cold the next day!

bowl of shell pasta with chickpeas and diced tomatoes with parsley and parmesan

Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas Recipe

5 from 5 votes

Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas

By: Dee
Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas is a quick and easy meatless meal made with simple pantry ingredients. A budget friendly recipe for lunch or dinner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound shell pasta
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) undrained
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • grated Parmesan cheese optional
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  • Add the pasta to the Instant Pot, and pour water over pasta
  • Add the sea salt, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper
  • Add the chickpeas and tomatoes, but do not stir
  • Place lid on pressure cooker, make sure valve is at Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then cook for 4 minutes. Allow a 1 minute natural release, then do a gradual quick release for remaining pressure.
  • When pin drops, remove lid, stir, drizzle with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, if using, then, serve immediately


This recipe calls for using liquid from diced tomatoes and chickpeas. If you want to drain them, use 4 cups water for the pasta. 
A gradual quick release helps to prevent pasta water from spraying all over if released quickly. Just gradually move the pressure valve to venting instead of releasing it all at once.


Calories: 284kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 523mg, Potassium: 307mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. DT says:

    How can you adjust this recipe with Penne instead of shells?

    1. Dee says:

      You can use penne without changing anything.

  2. Sue Royer says:

    I love chickpeas! This sounds delicious..I can’t wait to try your recipe. Maybe tonight! Thank you

    1. Dee says:

      It’s one of our favorite meatless meals! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  3. Sara Welch says:

    Served this for dinner and it was so delicious! Easy to prep and even my picky eaters gobbled this up!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Sara! Glad it was a hit with the family!

  4. Allyson Zea says:

    Wow this is right up my husband’s alley! YUM!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Allyson. Glad he likes it!

  5. katerina @ says:

    mmm…this sounds incredibly delicious!! My family would LOVE it! 🙂5 stars

  6. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    Instant Pot Pasta with Chickpeas looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Erin! Hope you get a chance to try it!

  7. Kimberly says:

    This sounds delish and I love the chickpeas for the texture and protein!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Kimberly. I love the chickpeas with the pasta!

  8. Dorothy Reinhold says:

    I love how quick and easy this is in the Instant Pot! This looks like a great dinner option.

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you, Dorothy! We all loved this!

  9. Amanda says:

    I love making this meal through the week!5 stars