Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chick Pea Loaf

Something about winter makes me wish for a nice chickpea loaf. It was one of my son's favorite foods when he was a baby. It had been awhile since we had made it, so I wasn't sure of the reception it would receive.
Luckily it was a success! Once they tried that first bite, they both ate it all up. We adapted this recipe from, "The New Soul Vegetarian Cookbook."

Chickpea Loaf

2 cans of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) drained
3/4 to 1 1/2 cup croutons, bread crumbs or stuffing mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1 small onion
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. sage
1 Tbsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 jar pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 325 F
Mix all ingredients excluding the pasta sauce in a food processor or grinder. Start out with less croutons/bread crumbs/stuffing mix, and add more to obtain a thick consistency, where it has to be spooned into the pan (it should stick to the spoon and have to be shaken off). Once it is well mixed, put it into a lightly greased 8 x 8 pan. Cook it for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add 1/2 a jar of pasta sauce on top of the loaf. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes, until the water cooks off the pasta sauce.


  1. I'm going to have to try this loaf! Looks delicious! (and comforting!)

  2. Yum, had this for dinner, just couldn't wait to try it. It will be a regular for us I hope.

  3. What's the recommended weight for the cans of chickpeas? Just wanna make sure I do the recipe correctly, looks delicious.

  4. One can is 15 ounces, so you would want two 15 ounce cans. If you have any other questions, please let me know. Thanks!

  5. Have you tried this with dried (and soaked) chickpeas?

  6. Haven't tried them with dried and soaked chickpeas, but assume that would work just fine

  7. Is the oil mainly for moisture? If so, do you think salsa or more tomato sauce could work instead? I've used salsa before with great results.

  8. Just tried this with 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Will have to use more for sure next time I try as it was really soft. Flavor is really good.