Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta and Chickpea Stew

Have you tried pasta e ceci before? This Italian pasta and chickpea stew is a classic Italian recipe bursting with wonderful flavours. So if you’re looking for true comfort food from Italy, you have to give this easy dish a try.

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This delicious chickpea soup boasts a variety of flavours from bacon to garlic, rosemary, tomatoes, and more. It’s an iconic recipe from Italy which is nutritious as well as hearty and satisfying. This pasta e ceci recipe will get rave reviews.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Pasta e Ceci Ingredients

Pasta e ceci is Italian for ‘pasta and chickpeas’ so you already know what two of the ingredients are! Both of these ingredients are staples in many Italian dishes. I typically use dried pasta shells when preparing this comfort food stew but you can use another shape if you want. Any short pasta like small shells or ditalini pasta work well.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Traditional recipes will use dried chickpeas but canned chickpeas perform surprisingly well and will save a lot of time. If you want to use dried chickpeas, you will have to soak them and cook them before starting this recipe. Cooked chickpeas, usually sold in jars, also taste great in this recipe. No matter what type of chickpea you use, it will turn out absolutely delicious!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

This soup also calls for chicken broth as the base along with kale. If you want more of a soup than a stew, use extra chicken broth. This Italian comfort food can be served either way.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Some Italian pasta and chickpea stew recipes use escarole and you can sub that for the kale if you prefer. I like escarole better actually but it’s not always easy to find, so just see what your local market has in stock. As with many Italian classics, it is a very versatile recipe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Garlic, bacon and onion add hearty flavours to this classic Italian recipe. Bacon isn’t a must-have but I do like it in there because it adds a meaty taste. White wine, tomato paste, parmesan cheese, and fresh rosemary add even more dimensions to the overall flavour.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

How to Prepare Italian Pasta and Chickpea Stew

It’s fair to say this is a soup, a stew and a pasta dish, just in case you wondered! It’s up to you how much broth you add. It’s heartier with less broth and lighter with more, so you can adjust the amounts as you wish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Chop the bacon and fry it then remove the bacon from the pot (I use a dutch oven), leaving the grease in there. Sauté the onions in the bacon grease for a few minutes. Next you can add the chickpeas, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook the chickpea soup until the garlic is aromatic.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

Stir in the tomato paste then the wine and broth. Scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring the pasta e ceci to a boil. Once the pasta is al dente, you can add the kale and parmesan. Adjust the seasonings if required then serve hot topped with the bacon. Freshly ground black pepper is always a nice addition. If you have a parmesan rind, you can always add that to the soup, too.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

Pasta e Ceci Serving Ideas

This classic Italian recipe can be served in a large or small bowl, depending on whether you want to enjoy it as a snack, appetizer or main course.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

I like crusty bread with Italian chickpea soup because you can use it to mop up every last bit of this wonderful Italian chickpea dish. Just before serving, you might like to sprinkle some more grated parmesan cheese or grated pecorino cheese over the soup and add a rosemary sprig. This is sure to become one of your favourite Italian chickpea recipes!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

Chickpea Soup Variations

If you want a big of zing to this chickpea soup, add some red pepper flakes or chili flakes to this saucy tomato pasta dish. To make this a gluten free soup, use gluten free pasta in it.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

Italian Chickpea Soup FAQs

Are there different ways to make an Italian pasta and chickpea stew?

Trace this chickpea soup back and you will find it used to be a peasant meal in Roman times. As you might expect, there are lots of variations on this comfort food today and every Italian family has their own way of preparing it. Pasta and chickpeas always feature in the dish but the other flavours can change.

Some home cooks might use vegetable broth or different vegetables such as carrots or squash. Throw in some baby spinach a couple of minutes before the end of cooking to add nutrients and extra flavour.

Other cooks might omit the bacon and add a splash of olive oil for richness instead. A little good quality virgin olive oil drizzled on top before serving is really good. Instead of bacon you could use pancetta or Italian sausage.

How long will chickpea stew stay fresh?

Leftover pasta soup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days but you will notice it thickens up. This is because the pasta absorbs the liquid. If it’s very thick, add some more broth when you heat it back up the next day to thin it back down again.

It also freezes well but if you’re planning to freeze this comfort food, leave out the pasta else it will get mushy when you thaw it. Just add the pasta separately when you are ready to cook it.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

You will love how this classic Italian recipe falls between a stew and saucy tomato pasta. It has a thick, saucy broth and satisfying bites of pasta and protein-rich chickpeas. The best of both worlds! The hearty chickpeas and tender pasta cook in a tomato rich broth resulting in a tasty meal in just over 30 minutes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. You will love this chickpea soup.

Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta and Chickpea Stew Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for pasta e ceci an Italian pasta and chickpea stew. This classic Italian recipe is the ultimate comfort food.

Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta and Chickpea Stew

5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Have you tried pasta e ceci before? This Italian pasta and chickpea stew is a classic Italian recipe bursting with wonderful flavours. So if you're looking for true comfort food from Italy, you have to give this easy dish a try. You will love this chickpea soup.
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Ingredients

  • 5 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 Can chickpeas 15 Ounces, drained
  • 4-5 Cups kale chopped
  • 4-5 Cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 Pieces bacon
  • 1 Cup pasta dry shell
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ Cup white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ Cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Sprig rosemary fresh

Instructions

  • Cut the bacon into small bite sized pieces and place in the bottom of a soup pot or dutch oven. Cook the bacon then remove it from the pot, leaving the rendered bacon fat in the pot. Set the bacon aside.
  • Add the onions to the soup pot and saute in the bacon fat until translucent, then add the chickpeas, chopped garlic, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, salt, and pepper. Saute until the garlic has cooked.
  • Add the tomato paste to the pot and mix into the chickpeas and onions. Let cook for a couple minutes, stirring often.
  • Deglaze the pan with ½ cup of white wine, then add in the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, pour in the dry pasta. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover, cook the soup until the pasta is tender.
  • Add the chopped kale and parmesan cheese. Give the soup a taste, add any additional salt or pepper as needed.
  • Serve immediately, garnish with the bacon and more parmesan.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 1525mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5759IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 2mg

Notes

This soup is a hearty stew-like soup, if you prefer a more brothy soup you may want to add more chicken broth. 
 
The flavor is bright from the wine and rich from the pasta and chickpeas. The rosemary gives it a nice light floral taste. It is a sweet and savory soup! 
 
The bacon is a fun twist to a traditional pasta e ceci, it adds a nice richness and umami flavor. If you prefer to omit the bacon you can use a couple tablespoons of olive oil instead. 
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Pasta e ceci is a delicious, comfort food style dish which is like a cross between a soup, a stew and a pasta dish. This classic Italian recipe is hearty and warming and makes a great lunch or evening meal. Italian chickpea stew is sure to become a favourite!

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  1. Alicia T wrote:

    5 stars
    This sounds so good. I love soups

    Posted 4.10.22 Reply
  2. Elenor Rivera wrote:

    5 stars
    Don’t think I ever met an Italian dish I didn’t love. This one was so good too!

    Posted 10.24.23 Reply