Pasta e Ceci (Italian Chickpea and Pasta Stew)

Background and History

Pasta e Ceci, a rustic Italian dish, has deep roots in the country’s culinary tradition, offering a comforting blend of pasta and chickpeas. Originating from the central and southern regions of Italy, this dish reflects the simplicity and versatility characteristic of Italian home cooking. With humble ingredients, it has been a staple for centuries, providing nourishment and warmth to families.


Canned Chickpeas

2 cans (15 oz each), drained and rinsed.


1 cup, small shapes like ditalini or small shells.

Tomato Paste

2 tablespoons.


1 can (14 oz), crushed.

Vegetable Broth

4 cups.


1, finely chopped.

Garlic Cloves

2, minced.


1 sprig.

Red Pepper Flakes

1/2 teaspoon (optional).

Olive Oil

2 tablespoons.

Salt and Black Pepper

To taste.

Fresh Parsley

Chopped, for garnish.




Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 45 minutes


Sauté Onion and Garlic

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté chopped onion and minced garlic until softened.

Add Tomato Paste

Stir in tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes until it deepens in color.

Combine Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Add drained chickpeas, crushed tomatoes, rosemary, and red pepper flakes (if using). Mix well.

Pour in Vegetable Broth

Pour in vegetable broth, season with salt and black pepper, and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Cook Pasta

Add the pasta to the pot and cook until al dente, following the package instructions.

Adjust Seasoning

Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Remove the rosemary sprig.


Ladle the Pasta e Ceci into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and drizzle with olive oil if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~350 per serving

Protein: ~12g

Fat: ~8g

Carbohydrates: ~60g


Experiment with different pasta shapes for variation.

Customize the thickness by adjusting the amount of vegetable broth.

Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan for added richness.

Allergy Warning

Check chickpea can labels for allergen information.

Customize the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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