Chickpea peperonata stuffed shells

Chickpea peperonata stuffed shells

Total Time
50 min
20 min
30 min
Peperonata—a classic southern Italian preparation of stewed sweet peppers—is typically made with a lot more oil than we’ve used here. We lose none of the silky texture or rich flavor, though, thanks to a long sauté and lots of fresh onion, garlic, and oregano. The pasta shells will be stuffed quite full, but if you don’t get all of the filling inside the pasta, just spoon it over the top when the shells go in the casserole dish. A little Parmesan cheese helps to flavor and bind the filling, but you can leave it out if you’d like to make this a vegan dinner.


Cooking spray

5 spray(s)

Uncooked jumbo shells

12 shell(s)

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Uncooked onion

1 cup(s), chopped

Red bell pepper

1 medium, chopped

Yellow bell pepper

1 medium, chopped


3 clove(s), minced

Canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

15 oz, drained and rinsed

Fresh oregano

1 Tbsp, chopped

Grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup(s), regular or vegan

White balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp, divided

Kosher salt

¾ tsp, divided

Black pepper

¾ tsp, divided

No-salt-added canned tomato sauce

1 cup(s)

Unpacked brown sugar

2 tsp


½ tsp, smoked variety


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In large pot of boiling water, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high and swirl to coat pan. Add onion, bell peppers, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in chickpeas and oregano and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove chickpea filling from heat and stir in cheese, 1 tsp vinegar, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk tomato sauce, sugar, paprika, and remaining 2 tsp vinegar, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp black pepper.
  4. Lightly coat 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread tomato sauce in bottom of dish. Stu‰ chickpea filling, about 3 tbsp each, into pasta shells. Arrange stu‰ed shells in baking dish. Spoon any remaining filling over tops of shells. Bake shells until filling is heated through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Serving size: 3 stuffed shells and ¼ cup sauce