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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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  • 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


  • 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.


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


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.