Quick Italian Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas Soup)

Quick Italian Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas Soup)

December 5, 2018 0 By Hiddenfoods

        This hearty Pasta and Chickpeas Soup is the perfect last-minute dinner that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

        This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Knorr®. The opinions, recipe and text are all mine.





Here is
one of my favorite, quick and easy, go-to dinner recipes, that’s perfect for
these chilly winter nights. It’s scrumptious and wholesome. It’s creamy
and flavorful. It’s sure to fill your stomach and warm your soul. 

This
recipe has short pasta mingled in a dense and creamy chickpea soup, exploding
with bits of sautéed onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. It also has a touch of
rosemary and oregano, and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 
What
more could you ask for?!? 

Oh yes!
It’s a one-pot and a one-dish dinner, ready in less than 30 minutes. Ha! I
know this will become one of your favorites now, too.


Everyone
loves a quick meal, especially during the holiday season when things in the
kitchen can get crazy busy. 

To make
things faster in today’s recipe, I’m using canned chickpeas (which don’t
require overnight soaking and a long time on the stove). And I’m using Caldo
Knorr
® Selects con sabor de
Pollo which is a chicken bouillon and is a super easy and oh-so delicious way
to enhance the flavor of the soup. 

Knorr
Selects Bouillon is fun and versatile, and the perfect addition to any meal.
What I love the most is that it’s made with natural stock, has no artificial
flavors, no artificial colors or preservatives, and contains no added
MSG. 
Compared
to traditional bouillon, Knorr Selects has less ingredients and a cleaner
label, less sodium, and more premium ingredients. 

So, next
time you find yourself at your local 
Superior Grocers
 store, grab yourself a jar or two.
Click here to find the amazing
savings on Knorr Selects Bouillon available at Superior Grocers from 12/5/18 –
12/11/18.
Now,
let’s talk soup for a minute. 
Pasta e ceci is a classic Italian recipe, but like many
Italian dishes, there isn’t just one way to make it. There are so many
variations that can be made to a chickpea pasta soup that it’s impossible to
say which is the traditional recipe. 
All of
them (or so I think) start with an onion/celery/carrot soffritto (chopped
and sautéed in a little olive oil). Add crushed garlic and some herbs. In my
recipe, I have fresh rosemary and dried oregano. Both are so flavorful and
aromatic. 

Now the
tricky part. Some pasta e ceci are
very dense (more like pasta with some chickpeas) and some are very brothy (more
like a soup with a little pasta). What I like is something right in between…
creamy and dense, but not too brothy, and not just pasta. 
So, here
is my secret to the recipe:
purée
half of the chickpeas (which gives a denser
soup) and leave the rest of the chickpeas whole. Add the water and bouillon,
and then cook the pasta with the rest (make sure to check the recipe for the
amount of pasta; it’s not too much).

Ready to
try this recipe too?!? Make sure to check out Knorr recipe page for more
cooking inspiration 
here.

INGREDIENTS:

YIELD: 4 servings

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 rosemary sprig
    • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 tablespoon Knorr Selects con sabor de Pollo (or you can use vegetable)
    •  31 oz
      (880 gr, 2 cans) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 4 oz (115 gr) pasta (ditalini or linguine cut in pieces)
    • salt and pepper to taste if needed
    • grated Parmesan cheese for serving

PREPARATION:

TIME: 30 minutes

    Chop the celery, onion and carrot.

    In a pan,
    sauté the onion, carrot, celery, rosemary sprig and garlic clove with a
    tablespoon of oil. Cook until tender, for about 5 minutes.
    Drain and
    rinse the chickpeas and
    purée half of them (one can) with a half cup of water.
    Add the puréed chickpeas to the pan with the remaining whole
    chickpeas and 1.5 cups of water.
    Add 1
    tablespoon of Knorr Selects con sabor de Pollo (this is chicken bouillon, but
    you can also use vegetable if you prefer).
    Stir and
    cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the soup becomes a little denser.
    Add the
    pasta and cook until al dente, stirring occasionally. It should take about 9
    minutes, but it depends on the pasta you are using (check the box).

    Serve
    with grated parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil if you like.
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