Oven Baked Herby Bean Spag Bowl

Oven Baked Herby Bean Spag Bowl

In recent months I have been trying classic recipes we all love in our house with different ingredients. Chickpeas used to be a huge favourite of my son when he was younger. If I told him that these were on the menu he would normally jump for joy. Nowadays he’s not so keen but I still like to use chickpeas as a meat substitute.

That’s where I began with this recipe. When I started to think about the meals we enjoy on a regular basis I realise I hadn’t made a ‘spag bowl’ with chickpeas. I’ve made a lot of meal with chickpeas but never thought to put them into a bolognese sauce. With this in mind I started to search through the fridge to find the other ingredients I would need to cook this yummy dinner. Then I cooked and the meal was delicious. It was so good even my son enjoyed this one.

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  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Large saucepan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon


  • Dried beans x 200g or 2 tins
  • Onion x 1
  • Carrot x 1
  • Courgette x 1
  • Red pepper x 1
  • Tomatoes x 2 tins
  • Tomato puree x 2 tbsp
  • Tahini x 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves x 2
  • Rosemary x 3 – 4 sprigs
  • Thyme x 3 – 4 sprigs
  • Basil x 1 handful
  • Lemon balm x 1 small handful
  • Spinach, kale or green beans x 2 large handfuls
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pour the dried chickpeas in a bowl and cover with water.
  • Put the chickpeas in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, put the chickpeas into the saucepan and cover with water.
  • Make sure the chickpeas have lots of room to move in the pan.
  • Put the pan onto a high heat.
  • Add in the baking powder.
  • Bring the chickpeas to the boil and then turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 35 – 40 minutes.
  • When cooked remove from the heat and drain the excess water through a colander.
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C or gas mark 4.
  • Start by peeling and chopping the onion and the garlic.
  • Then peel and grate the carrot and courgette.
  • Slice and dice the red pepper into small pieces and discard of the seeds and green stalks.
  • Put a large pan on a high heat and add oil to the base of the pan.
  • When the pan starts to smoke slightly add in the onions.
  • Fry until they start to soften.
  • It should take around 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Next add in the garlic and fry for a further few minutes.
  • Now add in the pepper, grated carrot and courgette.
  • Continue to fry these ingredients for a further five minutes or so.
  • If the ingredients start to stick to the base of the pan turn the heat down and add a little water.
  • Fry for a further few minutes to heat them through.
  • Once all the ingredients have softened add in the tomatoes and the stock.
  • Grab the rosemary and/or thyme at the top end and pull back down the stalk removing the leaves as you go.
  • Add in the bay leaves, rosemary and thyme leaves.
  • Now add in the cooked chickpeas as well.
  • Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Stir all these ingredients together, put the lid on the saucepan and put into the oven for an hour.
  • After an hour turn off the oven and carefully remove the lid from the pan and add in the basil and lemon balm.
  • Next add in the spinach, kale or green beans and let these wilt/cook into the bolognese sauce.
  • Put the lid back on and place back into the oven.
  • Meanwhile start cooking your pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Once the pasta is cooked pour through the colander.
  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven and add in the pasta.
  • Then serve with the pasta and enjoy.
Oven Baked Herby Bean Spag Bowl

Oven Baked Chickpea Spag Bowl was a hit in our house. My husband Howard, son Ted and I really enjoyed this dish. I made enough for leftovers the next day but you could make double the amount. All the ingredients are freezable so you can freeze the dish. I also thought this would be a tasty in a jacket potato with cheese sprinkled on top for a vegetarian option. However you decide to eat this dinner, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx