Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta & Chickpeas

by | Updated: September 22nd, 2021

This classic Italian dish has many proud family and regional variations and the strong opinions that go with them. There are debates about whether it should be served as a soup, stew or pasta. This recipe takes the pasta route, and it’s a good one! Begin by sautéing onion, garlic and rosemary in olive oil, then add tomatoes, red wine and protein-packed chickpeas, mashing a few to achieve a creamy texture. Add cooked orchiette pasta that cradles the sauce in its dome shape, and Sunday dinner is served! It’s said that a little ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil upon serving pops the flavor. Ciao.

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Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta & Chickpeas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 549 kcal
Author Lauren Kretzer



  1. In large pot of well-salted water, prepare pasta according to package directions. Reserve approximately ½ cup cooking water before draining.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat with olive oil, add onion, garlic and rosemary and sauté for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes (breaking up with wooden spoon), wine, tomato paste and salt. Stir to combine and raise heat to bring to simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add chickpeas, mashing approximately half with potato masher. Let simmer an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Add pasta to sauce skillet. Gently stir in ¼-½ cup reserved pasta cooking water and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Pasta e Ceci – Italian Pasta & Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 549 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 546mg23%
Potassium 403mg12%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 222IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.