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This No-Boil Chickpea Noodle Casserole is cozy, hearty, and as easy as it gets! Noodles, chickpeas, and veggies get cooked in a creamy dairy-free sauce.

Imagine: a fuss-free, dump-and-bake casserole that tastes like the combination of chicken noodle soup and a creamy pot pie. Except, it’s also totally dairy-free & vegan. Sounds like a dream, right?

This post is proof that dreams do become reality – because this No-Boil Chickpea Noodle Casserole is all that, and more. This recipe is cozy, healthy, ridiculously easy, and incredibly satisfying.

cooked no boil chickpea noodle casserole in white casserole dish topped with black pepper

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKPEA NOODLE CASSEROLE

ingredients for no boil chickpea noodle casserole in white bowls on marble background

This recipe comes together using only simple, whole-food ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dry Pasta: I used gluten-free rotini, but regular pasta will work as well. I recommend using shorter shapes for this recipe (spirals, shells, macaroni, etc). Spaghetti or other long shapes won’t work here.
  • Chickpeas: pack a plant-based protein punch and give this recipe some extra heartiness!
  • Soaked Cashews act as the creamy base for our dairy-free pasta sauce. If you have a high-powered blender, it’s ok if you forget to soak them 😉
  • Chicken-Flavored Bouillon: adds a TON of faux-meat flavor! If that’s not your thing, use vegetable broth instead.
  • Allll the veggies: a.k.a. onion, celery, carrot, and peas! Each of these budget-friendly veggies helps to add volume, extra flavor, and some fun color as well.
  • Spices & Seasonings: nutritional yeast adds some cheesiness, while smoked paprika and poultry seasoning adds some smokiness and depth of flavor. Garlic powder and black pepper add a little extra zing – and let’s face it, garlic just makes everything taste better.

HOW TO MAKE NO BOIL PASTA

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The secret to No-Boil pasta bakes is to use just the right amount of liquid. We want enough liquid to cook the noodles properly, plus a little extra to create a creamy sauce. Luckily I’ve already done all the testing for you, and all you have to do is follow the recipe! 

  1. Blend some soaked cashews with water, spices, and vegan chicken-flavored bouillon until thick and creamy.
  2. Toss the uncooked pasta with the diced vegetables, then pour the creamy sauce on top.
  3. Cover & Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, then let sit for 5 minutes to set.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

two white bowls of chickpea noodle casserole next to white casserole dish with yellow linen

This Chickpea Noodle Casserole is everything — it’s cozy, it’s creamy, it’s delicious, and it’s also packed with veggies and great for you! Cooking the pasta noodles in the creamy sauce allows them to become infused with even more flavor, plus the starch from the pasta helps to make the sauce even creamier.

This fuss-free meal is the perfect weeknight dinner, but it’s also fancy enough to serve to guests! It’s surprisingly budget-friendly too, so basically it’s the best recipe ever. Don’t just take it from me though — now it’s your turn to make it and see for yourself! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

cooked no boil chickpea noodle casserole in white casserole dish topped with black pepper

If you’re looking for more cozy (yet wholesome!) recipes, you’ll also love this One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff, this Spinach & Artichoke Casserole, and this Chickpea and Rice Casserole!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

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No-Boil Chickpea Noodle Casserole

This Vegan No-Boil Chickpea Noodle Casserole is cozy, hearty, and as easy as it gets! Noodles, chickpeas, and veggies get cooked in a creamy dairy-free sauce.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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For the Creamy Sauce:

For the Casserole:

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta* (gluten-free or regular)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2/3 cup (100 g) carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2/3 cup (100 g) frozen peas; no need to thaw

Instructions

  1. Prep: preheat the oven to 425F and set a 9×13″ casserole pan aside.
  2. Blend: add the soaked and drained cashews, water, bouillon, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper to a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 45-60 seconds, until the cashews completely dissolve and you are left with a smooth and creamy sauce.
  3. Mix: add the pasta, chickpeas, onion, celery, carrot, and peas to the casserole dish and mix until evenly distributed. Pour the sauce over the casserole, then use a spatula or spoon to press everything down evenly into the sauce, especially the pasta noodles.
  4. Bake: Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil (or parchment paper, followed by aluminum foil) and bake in the middle rack of the oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before uncovering. You may notice that the pasta is cooked, but a few noodles on top are not covered in sauce; because of this, I like to stir the casserole before serving, to evenly distribute the sauce.
  5. Serve warm; leftovers can be stored in the fridge and are best eaten within 5 days

Notes

  • If you forget to soak your cashews ahead of time, you can (1) cover them in boiling water and let sit for 20 minutes, or (2) cover them with water and microwave for 3 minutes, then let sit for 3-5 minutes before draining.
  • Substitutions: vegan chicken broth can be replaced with vegetable broth. Poultry seasoning is mostly a blend of dried sage and thyme, so you can replace it with either one or both of those spices. To save prep time, use 1 1/3 cups of a frozen carrot and pea blend instead of cutting fresh carrots into small pieces.
  • Pasta: I recommend using a short noodle for this recipe, such as rotini, shells, or macaroni.

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  1. This recipe is fantastic, creamy, and savory and works well as a base formula for endless substitutions. I was out of cashews so I substituted a cup of tahini and said a prayer – it still turned out creamy and delicious! Also was out of rotini so I substituted chinese egg noodle spaghetti, broken up, and it came out very good, like a “tetrazzini”. I highly recommend getting Caitlin’s cookbook as well – I’ve been cooking through it during the 2022 holidays and it is great for the busy, normal working person who needs practical, day-to-day recipes.

  2. This recipe is genius!! So delicious!!! And easy!!! My 2 year old practically made most of it! Lol okay he did all the dumping lol How can you NOT add this to your meal rotation?? This one is a TOTAL KEEPER!!

  3. This was so good, and so easy! It completely fit the comfort food need on a cold night. We so love your recipes, thank you!

  4. Made this for a Sunday family dinner. Vegan and non vegans in my family loved it! So easy to make! At first I thought there would be too much liquid but trust the recipe! Thank you!

  5. Looking for freezer meals to prep before I go back to work from maternity leave. Is this recipe freezer friendly? If so, would I need to cook it before freezing or can I freeze it without cooking it first? Thanks!

    1. The whole thing can be made a day or two in advance. Once it has cooled completely, pour it into a greased casserole dish and cover it tightly with foil. When you’re ready to bake it, let it sit out on the counter for at least 30 minutes before putting it in the oven. Bake it cover for 30 minutes and then uncover it and bake until it’s heated through and browned on top. Cool it completely before storing it in an airtight container in the freezer. The casserole can remain in the freezer for a couple months if needed. Remove it from the freezer 24-48 hours before you plan to eat it and let it defrost in the refrigerator. Bake it in the oven as you would if you made it ahead of time.

  6. LOVED this recipe! The oven had barely preheated by the time I finished prepping, then it was completely hands-off until time to eat. The perfect meal prep dish to fuel you for the week! Tastes exactly like chicken pot pie, with the addition of noodles to make for a lighter yet cozy meal. I doubled the chickpeas and added some broccoli, then served with hemp seeds on top to up the protein and add a bit more texture. Can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

  7. This has quickly become a monthly staple in our house! We’re loving the No-boil and Dump-and-bake with our young kids. Thanks for continuing to make such simple and reliable recipes!

  8. This recipe is if a staple in our house! It’s one of my favorite meals EVER. It’s so fun, easy, and filling. But most of all incredible delicious. We add hot sauce if we’re in the mood, which may sound weird but strangely goes perfectly! Highly recommend this recipe.

  9. I made this with and without draining the water the cashews soaked in and, keeping the water made the sauce so much better! Definitely give it a try!

    1. I used the water the cashews soaked in too. Very tasty but next time I’ll add more spices…maybe more poultry seasoning and some sage.

  10. So delicious! I made this with the Barilla red lentil rotini for a little more protein and it came out fantastic! So creamy and flavorful, I will definitely be making it again!