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Pantry meal: Kale, chickpeas and tuna pasta recipe

Our freezer and pantry are full because I keep buying groceries, putting them away and then forgetting about them.  Without a plan, I’d been doing whatever was quick and easy for dinner – takeout, fast food, cereal, soup from the deli, etc.

I’m done with that!

It isn’t healthy for us and it’s wasting money – and space in my kitchen!

So I’ve made meal plans the last two weeks, mostly using items I already have on hand.  This is working out really well.  The meals aren’t always 100% healthy (bacon and eggs was tonight’s dinner) and they are probably a too processed and high in sodium for some people.

But they are a bit improvement for us and that’s what matters to me.

Last night I put together a yummy pantry meal pasta dish, all from items we already had.

It was almost a hit.  My daughter’s best friend was with us for dinner again.  She and I both liked it completely, but my daughter picked the chickpeas out of her serving.  It was her first time having them and she wasn’t a fan.

The lemon and dill went great with the tuna.

I will definitely make this kale, chickpeas and tuna pasta recipe again in the future – and maybe my girl will like the peas better next time.

Do you have a go to pantry meal?

Kale, chickpeas and tuna pasta

Shrinking Momster
An easy pantry meal for busy nights
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • •2 pouches single serve size of tuna in water
  • •1 box of pasta I used spaghetti
  • •4 cups kale
  • •1 onion chopped
  • •1 glove garlic chopped
  • •1 can chickpeas drained
  • •Juice of 1 lemon
  • •1 tomato chopped
  • •1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • •1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • •2 tablespoons olive oil
  • •Salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil pasta according to instructions on package
  • Meanwhile, sate onion and garlic in olive oil
  • Add chickpeas. Heat until warm.
  • Add kale and saute until wilted.
  • Stir in dill and lemon juice.
  • Toss with drained pasta.
  • Add tomato and Parmesan, then toss again.
  • Serve.
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