Vegan Chickpea Paprikash with Spaetzle 

Paprikash, oh my gosh!

If you need a quick, easy(like you don’t really need to know how to cook), healthy and super flavorful meal, you have come to the right place. This vegan chickpea paprikash is AMAZING! It uses very few ingredients that are always cheap buys, so if you are on a budget and trying to eat more plant based, add this one to your list. Just chickpeas, paprika, crushed tomatoes, veggie broth and coconut milk are the main ingredients in this dish.  

Also, if you aren’t feeling up to it, you can skip the spaetzle, but it is the tops. It would be great with any kind of noodles though! Or just alone,it is that good! The spaetzle is also only a few ingredients you probably already have lying around, and takes very little time. Then you have adorable, fresh little spaetzles! 

My mom is German and used to make us paprikash, spatzle, perogies, apple struedel and all kinds of other delicious German treats. Paprikash is Hungarian, but my mom’s family made all kinds of food from that region. Hungarian food was integrated into what they would make, and I loved every minute of it!

This vegan version of paprikash does the original dish a lot of justice! It is addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, however, you could eat this entire recipe alone and still feel good about yourself! Because chickpeas are good for you, right? 

Vegan Chickpea Paprikash with Spaetzle
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Super easy and healthy paprikash with chickpeas and vegan spaetzle! Quick and delicious!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Lauren Hartmann
Chickpea Paprikash
  • 2 15oz. Cans(about 30 oz.) Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 an Onion, chopped(I used a vidalia)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp. All purpose flour
  • 1 C. Vegetable broth
  • 1 C. Crushed tomatoes, canned
  • 1/2 C. Full fat coconut milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Vegan Spaetzle
  • 2 C. All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  1. Start to boil a pot of water for the spaetzle if you are making it. 

  2. Now heat a large cast iron skillet or non stick pan on medium high. Then add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent, reducing heat as needed.

  3. Then add the chickpeas, and saute for a minute. Then add the flour, and toss to coat the chickpeas. 

  4. Now add the paprika, veggie broth, crushed tomatoes and coconut milk. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until it thickens a bit and the flavors have developed. About 10 minutes or so. Stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  5. While the paprikash is simmering, make the spaetzle. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the spaetzle and stir to combine. Make sure the mixture is fully combined.

  6. Once the water starts to boil, place or hold a colander over the water, and pour a little of the spaetzle mixture into the colander. Then press through the colander until little dumplings drop into the water. Repeat with all of the spaeztle mixture. Boil until the spaetzles float. It only takes a minute or two. Then scoop out or drain. 

  7. Once the paprikash and spaetzle are both done, either toss the spaetzle into the pan with the paprikash, or place the spaetzle into a bowl and top with the paprikash! Yummy!

Recipe Notes

If you don't feel like making the spaetzle, this would be great with any kind of noodles!

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