Spanish Chickpea and Potato Bake

Spanish chickpea bake recipe Spanish chickpea bake recipe

This is a favourite on the menu at The Happy Pear. What really makes it stand out is if you stir some of our sun-dried tomato pesto into the stew as well as putting it on top after you bake it - we highly recommend this! A topping of grated cheddar is lovely too. 

6 people 30 minutes 15 minutes


  • 1 - Bay Leaves
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 2 - Carrots cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 stick Celery cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tin Chickpeas (400g) drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes (400g)
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 - Green Pepper deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 - Leek cut into bite-sized pieces (green parts too)
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup or other natural sweetener
  • 1 - Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 - Red Chilli deseeded and chopped, or 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 180 g Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • 2 tsp SuperValu Dried Mixed Herbs
  • 20 g SuperValu Fresh Parsley Flat Leaf chopped
  • 2 tbsp SuperValu Olive Oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 700 g SuperValu Potatoes thinly sliced
  • 0.5 tsp SuperValu Smoked Paprika (optional)
  • 1 tbsp SuperValu Tomato Purée


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan on a low to medium heat. Add the onion and bay leaf and cook gently for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the carrots, celery, chilli and garlic and continue to cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring regularly and adding a splash of water if the vegetables begin to dry out.
  2. Add the leeks, green pepper, dried herbs and paprika and cook for a further 5 minutes on a medium heat, stirring regularly. Now, stir in the tomato purée, followed by the tinned tomatoes. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Add the chickpeas to the pan, then leave to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, steam or boil the potatoes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200oC/gas mark 6.
  5. Add most of the parsley to the chickpea stew along with the maple syrup. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in 1 tablespoon of sun-dried tomato pesto.
  6. Pour the stew into a baking dish and top with the sliced potatoes, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil, then bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the stew is bubbling and potatoes are crispy.
  7. To serve, lightly spread some sun-dried tomato pesto over the potatoes and garnish with the rest of the parsley.
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