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Pizza roasted chickpeas

Pizza roasted chickpeas - the flavours in this dish are incredible! Just like pizza!

Y’all know… can I get away with saying ‘y’all’? I’m thinking not, though it’s definitely at least 80% of the reason I’d quite like to be an American. I’m obviously still watching far too much Nashville.

Anyway, y’all know how much I dig pizza (I definitely can’t pull off ‘dig’, but we’ll go with it) – so much so that I do just about anything I can to eat it as often as I can, while pretending it’s an entirely different meal (see: pizza baked gnocchi, cauliflower pizza, Indian-style pizza, etc). And, since my nacho roasted chickpeas went down so well allllll that time ago (18 months!!), I thought I’d do a pizza version. Pizza roasted chickpeas!

Pizza roasted chickpeas - the flavours in this dish are incredible! Just like pizza!

When I say pizza, of course I really just mean that these roasted chickpeas are flavoured with cheesy tomatoey bits, no bread. So really, this is totally healthier than actual pizza – protein-rich chickpeas rather than nutritionless white bread (and there ends the only time I will ever say anything remotely negative about pizza. Don’t worry, I’m perfectly happy to eat nutritionless white bread 90% of the time).

Pizza roasted chickpeas - the flavours in this dish are incredible! Just like pizza!

I’ll warn you, these chickpeas were incredibly difficult to dish up – purely because the cheeky things kept trying to jump into my mouth. I just couldn’t stop them (I’ll admit, I probably could have tried harder).

My favourite thing about this dish is (obviously) the cheese – you get a combination of stringy, melty mozzarella and the crispy bits from around the edge of the pan. Together with the rich sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil, they give the perfect pizza flavour.

Pizza roasted chickpeas - the flavours in this dish are incredible! Just like pizza!

I had these chickpeas on their own for lunch, but serve them alongside a big heap of veg (I’m thinking something green and leafy maybe?) and they’d make a great dinner too. Nutritious and delicious.

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5 from 2 votes

Pizza roasted chickpeas

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Light lunch
Servings: 1 -2
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 400 g tin chickpeas 240g when drained, drained
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mixed Italian dried herbs
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 large chunks sun-dried tomato finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 30 g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts


  • Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F.
  • Toss the chickpeas in the oil, Italian herbs and seasoning, and spread out in a single layer on a baking tray. Roast for around 15 minutes, until slightly crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, and add the tomato puree, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and pine nuts. Mix well, and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted and just started to go crispy around the edges. Serve immediately.

Pizza roasted chickpeas - the flavours in this dish are incredible! Just like pizza!

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Bonnie McCarty

Thursday 14th of March 2019

I live just south of Nashville (one county away, only a few minutes' drive!), and I give you full permission to adopt "y'all" as a valid word. I actually think it is one of the most useful words in the English language: Pretty much every other language has some handy word for "you plural group of people". We just have a single word that could equally be referring to one person or a million. It might sound country, but "y'all" serves an important purpose!! :D

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 18th of March 2019

Haha I totally agree!


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

I'm not vegetarian but I'm trying to get a meatless Monday every week. I will try this next Monday :)

Thanks a lot for the recipe!

Sometimes is hard to find comfort vegetarian recipe options. Yes, for me pizza is comforting hahahaha

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Haha most of my recipes are vegetarian comfort food ;)


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

I think I just fell in love we a dish =0


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

we = with (ugh, typos)

Amy Sisson

Wednesday 1st of April 2015

May I ask, is tomato puree the same thing as tomato paste? I know I can buy small cans of tomato sauce or tomato paste in American grocery stores, but I don't recall seeing tomato puree....


Nicki Escudero

Wednesday 1st of April 2015

Hi, Amy, I've had the exact same issue in my Scottsdale, Arizona grocery store, and I've just resorted to buying sauce, since it comes in a much smaller can and is virtually the same thing. Hope that helps!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 1st of April 2015

Hi Amy, as far as I know they're the same thing! It looks like this.


Monday 23rd of March 2015

This looks so good. I have a can of chickpeas that have been sitting in the cupboard for too long and now you've given me something to try! Thanks.