nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 160
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg
  • Sodium: 545 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Pasta e Ceci 
(Pasta with Chickpeas)

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

A cousin of pasta e fagioli, this cozy soup features chickpeas instead of white beans.
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1½ cups)
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 3 plum or Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup ditalini or tubetti
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

1. Heat oil in large soup pot or 
Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 
onion and rosemary sprigs, and sauté 
5 to 7 minutes, or until onion has softened.

2. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, and season with salt, 
if desired. Sauté 3 to 5 minutes. Remove rosemary sprigs.

3. Add chickpeas, and slightly 
mash with fork or potato masher to thicken soup.

4. Add broth, and bring to a boil. 
Add pasta, and cook 1 minute less than package directions suggest.

5. Season soup with salt, if desired, 
and pepper. Garnish each serving with 
1 Tbs. Parmesan and 1 tsp. basil.

December 2013 p.68

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I made this for dinner and its wonderful!

Jessie - 2015-03-01 03:42:05

This is one of my favorites! I've made again tonight. This time I had fresh rosemary on hand (Instead of the dry that I have used in the past) and it was amazing.

Anita Romero - 2014-11-12 02:44:55

Looks good and healthy! Specially for my sicked husband..thanks for this recipe.

elsa c. remington - 2014-06-05 09:56:30

Reading through the comments, I do add a diced zucchini and I put the rosemary in a little bag so the leaves do not stay in the broth.

beverly peters - 2014-05-07 21:13:44

I've made this every week since I found the recipe. Love it. I have been looking for a brothy kind of veg soup for 20 years and this is the first one that I really liked. I didn't use any oil (saute'd in vermouth and veggie broth). Lots of garlic and basil along with the rosemary gives the broth a great taste. Double the broth or you can have a thicker soup with less broth. It doesn't really need the parmesean unless you want it.

beverly peters - 2014-05-07 20:25:58

LOVE this soup!Pwefect for any cold day.Tasts soooo good!

halina k - 2014-04-30 11:25:41

I just tried this based on the reader comment in the last issue. Amazing! My husband really prefers spicy and adding a Mexican flare to dishes, so the next time I made it (two days later!) I altered the dish in this fashion: Instead of rosemary I used a teaspoon of cracked red pepper; I added a diced jalapeno to the saute; instead of parmesan I used pepper jack cheese; and instead of basil I used cilantro. My husband told me to put this on high rotation! And like other commenters, I also used more pasta than the recipe calls for.

Amy Sandberg - 2014-02-18 21:49:55

Quick and Delicious - added 1tbs balsamic at the end along with a bag of baby spinach and some red pepper flake. Great flavor for such a quick soup!

pk - 2014-02-07 17:34:24

try this

lotty - 2014-01-30 23:52:41

This was delicious and easy! I used an extra tomato and a total of almost 2 cups of whole wheat pasta to make it heartier. Great recipe.

Amy Sandberg - 2014-01-27 16:58:38

This was awesome!!! Added a few extra noodles than what was called for but this was a major success tonight!

Kendall Stanek - 2014-01-23 23:41:47

This is great

Pat - 2014-01-21 17:51:09

This looks delicious

Pat - 2014-01-21 15:31:28

Sounds great

Pat - 2014-01-21 15:24:58

This soup hit the spot. Being Italian my mother made pasta e ceci all the time. Though this is not how she made it, it was reminiscent of her recipe. I did not add rosemary since our family is not a fan. Used Italian herb seasoning when sautéing the onions. In addition, I used 3 large garlic cloves and whole wheat pasta. Worked great. My daughter even had a small bowl. Will definitely make again.

Antonette - 2014-01-15 02:44:03