Bowtie Chickpea & Vegetable Pasta Salad (with Pantry Staples!)

This bowtie chickpea pasta salad is a great recipe to share with family and friends, and can be made with a lot of pantry staples.

Summer is somehow already coming to an end, which means it’s time to get planning for your new schedule in Fall. Skip that staring mindlessly into the pantry moment and get cooking!

Staying organized and stocking up on staples for your pantry can keep you on track when things get busy. That’s why it’s so important to know what you have in your kitchen. Then you can make fewer runs to the grocery store, and know what to grab a few extras of when you’re there.

Today I whipped together a delicious, bright, summery bowtie chickpea and veggie pasta salad. And even better, I only had to add a few fresh ingredients. The majority of the ingredients were items I already had in my pantry.

And if you can believe it, there are 5 different vegetables in this mix!

Sometimes taking the extra few minutes to search through your pantry can lead to a meal you didn’t think you had the ingredients for.

Pantry Items Used for this Chickpea Pasta Salad

Here I have the items that I simply grabbed from my shelves:

  • Chickpea pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned corn
  • Canned black olives
  • Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Pantry staples
CourseMain Course, Side Dish
CuisineAmerican, Italian
DietGluten Free, Vegetarian


  • 8 oz dry pasta
  • 8 oz queso fresco
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned corn drained
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 can black olives pitted
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook your pasta according to the package.
  • Mix together the tomatoes, corn, carrots, olives, red onion, Italian seasoning, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Crumble the queso fresco or chop into 1” cubes. Mix into the pasta mixture.
  • Enjoy!


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In this recipe I chose chickpea pasta for a boost of protein. You could also add in your favorite legume or lean animal protein to increase the protein even more.

The only fresh ingredients I added were queso fresco and carrots, two foods that can keep in the fridge for quite a while too!

I always forget how much I love pasta salad, and it’s so easy with these staples.

Go make this while you can before summer foods get overtaken by the lure of Fall flavors!

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