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Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

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Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

A simple Roman dish consisting of chickpeas and pasta cooked with tomatoes and herbs.

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas) recipe

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servings: 4

total time: 1 hour

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained, rinsed and skins removed
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot add the onion and carrot to the pan and cook until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes.

  2. stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Carefully pour in the vegetable broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir to combine, bring to a boil then cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

  3. Stir in the uncooked pasta and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and place the lid back on. Simmer while covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked, about 20 minutes.

  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan.

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