PASTA E CECI ALLA ROMANO

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.”

SOPHIA LOREN

Hi there,

Last week we had a winter storm that dumped a lot of snow over the course of two days. On “snow days” my thoughts always run to a nice warm homemade pot of soup. I started to go through my pantry to get inspired and discovered I had a lot of canned chickpeas and a lot of ditalini. Earlier that morning I read a recipe in the NYT Cooking column for Pasta and Ceci. I decided that this would be a delicious dinner and fun recipe to customize. I also like that this is a one pot soup, no other clean up required. What follows is my version of Colu Henry’s recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 chopped leeks
  • 1 small container of mirepoix
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2 tsp of red-pepper flakes
  • salt and Aleppo pepper to taste
  • 1 can of san Marzano whole tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup of ditalini
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • pecorino romano for serving

Directions

  • add olive to a deep pot
  • saute mirepoix, leeks and garlic
  • then add part rind along with rosemary, thyme and pepper flakes
  • sauté the above together until thoroughly cooked
  • then add canned tomatoes and break up with your fork and cook for 10 minutes
  • take 1/4 of the chickpeas and mash them
  • add mashed and whole chickpeas to the pot and cook for another 10 minutes
  • add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil
  • add ditalini to the pot and cook al dente
  • remove parm rind and thyme sprigs and serve with pecorino

Special Note: The NYT recipe suggested adding to the soup 4 cups of chopped escarole, kale or radicchio which I am sure would have been delicious but I didn’t have any of those in the larder.

Ciao, Bernadette❤️💕

15 Comments Add yours

  1. chef mimi says:

    This looks fabulous. I discovered garlic in a tube when I had thumb surgeries, and sought out shortcuts. It’s super good!

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  2. Linda says:

    Very Tasty!! Love it when you can make something out of pantry-finds! Good one Bernadette 🙂

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  3. Looks sooo yummy! Sophia Loren ❤

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  4. It’s been really cold here, so this looks really inviting!

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    1. bernlag says:

      Hope you enjoy. You can add meat to this dish if you want to,

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  5. Oh yes pasta!!!!! This looks delicious! I would add hot Italian sausage to mine. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. bernlag says:

    That would a wonderful addition😊

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  7. 2 Sisters Recipes by Anna and Liz says:

    OM …. G! this is our mom’s favorite dish and yours looks amazing! Love all the ingredients in your recipe. thanks so much!

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  8. Karen says:

    If you have beans and pasta in your pantry, you can always count on a good meal and yours sounds terrific.

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    1. bernlag says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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  9. Sounds divine, especially endorsed by Sophia Loren!

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    1. bernlag says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  10. Your pasta looks delicious, especially with that glass of wine sitting next to it! I’d take this on a snow day any time!

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    1. bernlag says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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