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Pasta e Ceci – Creamy Pasta with Chickpeas

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Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e Ceci

 

Goodness! This is an easy, nutritious and tasty pasta dish.  ‘Pasta e Ceci‘ is an Italian pasta and chickpeas soup. A great vegetarian dish is you use vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock.

Are you ever alone and want to whip a meal just for yourself? No body wants to spend too much time in the kitchen if they are cooking for themselves – right? This is one of those perfect ‘Lonely day’ recipes.

It takes just ten minutes and okay  a few extra minutes to ensure the pasta is cooked. But hey you get the idea!

I like to cook down the soup so that it’s a creamy yummy pasta dish and not really a soup. My kids love it too. But please please serve it hot!!

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Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e Ceci



Recipe Type: Pasta
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 10
Total time: 20
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked the next day with a little salt OR use a can of chickpeas
  • 2 – 2 ¼ cups ‘fusilli’ pasta pasta
  • 1 Vidalia (yellow) onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated Pamesan Cheese ‘ Parmigiano-Reggiano’
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cups concentrated chicken stock  / or use 2 chicken bouillon cubes + 3 cups water (You can substitute this for salted vegetable stock instead).

Method:

  • Chop up the ingredients.
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  • Heat butter and olive oil in a non stick pot till butter is melted.
  • Add the chopped ingredients and saute till the onion is softened and light golden.
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  • Drain the chickpeas and reserve the can juices.
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  • Add the chickpeas reserving 2 -3 Tbsp to add later.
  • Mash the chick peas well along with the sautéed ingredients.
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  • Add the remaining juices from the can as well as chicken or vegetable stock – around 3 ½ cups in all.
  • Bring to a simmer.
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  • Add the pasta (fusilli) and cover the pot.
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  • Cook on low till the pasta is cooked and the soup has mostly reduced.
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  • Add the Finely grated parmesan cheese.
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  • Add the fresh chopped parsley and dried thyme.
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Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e Ceci

Try it and let us know – Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e Ceci.

Notes: 
  • If your pasta has gone cold. Sprinkle just a little water and reheat, stirring continuosly. You can also add a tiny knob of butter to freshen the pasta up.
  • In our house, we like this hot pasta served with a cold yoghurt salad (containing cucumber, tomatoes and shallots)
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