Continuing with our Green Monday SA vegan vibes, we’ll be giving you more and more recipes that you can try for your meat-free adventures. This one is a Vegan Mushroom Chickpea Vegan Pasta Recipe, courtesy of Happy Earth People for the HSI / Africa team. Serves 4-6.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 medium sized butternut
  • 2cups veg stock
  • 1⁄4cup fresh or dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 packet of mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • Fresh or dried chilli (optional)
  • 1 bag Happy Earth People chickpea pasta


  1. Prepare butternut and cut into cubes. Steam the butternut in 4 cups boiling water (keep an eye on this to make sure it doesn’t burn)
  2. In a separate pot sauté onion, garlic, thyme and spices in coconut oil to form a paste.
  3. Slice the mushrooms, add them into the pot with the paste making sure all the mushrooms are evenly coated in the paste.
  4. Add salt and pepper. Leave to cook on a low heat with the lid on.
  5. Once the butternut is soft. Add it to the remaining water that it steamed with; add the coconut milk and blend until smooth.
  6. Season the mixture and mix it into the aromatic mushroom mixture. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Cook Happy Earth People chickpea pasta in boiling water with some salt (or even a bay leaf)
  8. Plate up. Enjoy!

And there you go, a simple and delicious Mushroom & Chickpea Vegan Pasta Recipe. Want more Happy Earth People goodness? Check this out. We’ll be back next week with more vegan Green Monday fun!