Canned goods are always an important item to have in your pantry, especially if you don’t know when your next trip to the store will be. One of those canned goods we always love to have in our (home) test kitchens is chickpeas.
There’s a reason these wonderful legumes are enjoyed all around the world and in many different cuisines. Their hearty consistency and nutty flavor make them a great addition to soups, pastas, and salads. Even the starchy liquid in the can can be used to create aquafaba, a naturally vegan binder that you can whip into a meringue-like foam.
If you’re looking for a few fresh new ideas to use the canned chickpeas in your pantry, here are five of our favorite pasta, salad, and stew recipes that show this humble legume’s versatility.