Chickpea and Pasta Soup – pasta e ceci

Chickpea and Pasta Soup – pasta e ceci

By 07/04/2013

Ciao a tutti! I have been posting less recipes this week as I am on holiday in Italy spending time with my family and eating good food!

My mum made "Pasta e ceci" last night. A classic in the Italian cuisine: this is a chickpeas soup, rustic, full of character and nutrients. Chickpeas are a good source of protein, just like beans and they will make you feel full for a few hours afterwards.

If you are short of time you can use a can of cooked chickpeas instead of using dry ones, but if you want this dish to taste at its best you will need to use fresh chickpeas or dried ones and cook them yourself.

Like most things in life, good things take time! But it really is worth the effort!


  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 2h 20 min



Soak the chickpeas overnight (for 10-12 hours) with plenty of water


Like for many Italian soups, the base for this one is carrots, celery and potato.

Peel the potato, wash and chop it finely with the carrots and the celery.

Now chop the onion finely and stir fry it until translucent with 2 tbsp of olive oil; add the  vegetables and stir fry them for 2-3 minutes whilst stirring from time to time.

Italian Chickpea Soup

Wash and chop the leek and add it to the pan with the chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, 2 sticks of rosemary, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, stock cube, hot water and the soaked and drained chickpeas

Italian Chickpea Soup

Cook for about 2 hours on a gentle heat. In the last 8-10 minutes add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions.

When it is cooked add 1 tbsp of olive oil and stir it in well. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

Italian Chickpea Soup

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13 Responses to Chickpea and Pasta Soup – pasta e ceci

  1. Javelin Warrior

    I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday with your family, Alida! This soup sounds deliciously hearty with the chickpeas and leek. Love the color… Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Alida

      Thank you Mark. This is such a classic Italian soup!

  2. Bread and Companatico

    che buona… questa te la copio subito!
    I will do this super soon as I was missing a good recipe for this old classic. so good and so healthy! thank you!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima Barbara!

  3. Jasna

    All members of my family like chickpeas; adding it to the soup with pasta, would be very welcomed. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. petra08

    Am reading this as am sitting eating my office lunch and really wish I had a bowl of this instead, it looks fantastic. I adore chick peas and have saved the recipe!
    have a great holiday!

    • Alida

      Thanks Petra. It is a very comforting soup to have especially when it is cold outside!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Sono felice saperti in Italia con la tua mamma! Questa zuppa è buonissima e molto gustosa, è la preferita da mio figlio! Un bacione!

    • Alida

      Thank you Ozlem!

  6. Elly

    Manco per un po’ e ti ritrovo con un nuovo look! Molto carino! E la ricetta che hai postato oggi lo sai che è una delle mie preferite? La fai leggermente diversa da me … ma sempre buonissima. Mi raccomando: il rosmarino qui non deve mai mancare!!!
    Goditi le tue vacanze italiane!!! Un abbraccio grande.

  7. Choclette

    I hope your having a lovely time Alida. It’s funny, I remember someone once telling me I wouldn’t be able to find any vegetarian food if I went to Italy, but you post so many delicious recipes and I have a good Italian vegetarian cookbook. This soup looks delicious and nutritious.

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Choclette. You will find plenty of vegetarian dishes in Italy these days. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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