Pasta E Cici Soup

The combination of pasta and legumes is a perennial favorite in Roman cuisine. In this rustic soup, ceci beans (also known as chickpeas or garbanzos) are paired with tender pasta and bathed in a hearty broth—delicious proof that the simple can be sublime.

Pasta E Cici Soup

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 3

    Tbs. plus ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2

    carrots, finely diced

  • 1

    large yellow onion, finely diced

  • tsp. minced garlic

  • cup diced tomato

  • cups dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight, drained and rinsed

  • 6

    cups water

  • 2

    fresh thyme sprigs

  • ¼

    cup vegetable oil

  • 3

    fresh rosemary sprigs, cut into 1½-inch lengths

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • ½

    lb. tubetti pasta, cooked until al dente and drained

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Directions

In a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the 3 Tbs. olive oil. Add the carrots and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, water and thyme sprigs, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chickpeas are tender, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the rosemary and fry, 
stirring occasionally, until crisp, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season lightly with salt. Strain the chickpea mixture through a colander, reserving the cooking liquid. Place 2 cups of the chickpea mixture in a wide, shallow bowl and mash until almost smooth. Transfer to a large fry pan. Add the remaining chickpea mixture and 1 cup of the cooking liquid and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and the 1/2 cup olive oil and stir until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, and garnish with the fried rosemary and cheese shavings. Serve immediately


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