Wagon Wheels Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup Recipe

Saturday, September 8, 2012

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained or other white beans
cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces broccoli rabe (rapini), chopped into 1-inch pieces rinsed and boiled till tender, then drain
3 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 cups hot, cooked wagon wheels
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, dried oregano
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil and fresh parsley
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Long shreds of grating cheese for garnish

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, saute add chickpeas, garlic powder, tomato paste, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add fresh garlic, cayenne pepper, and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the cooked broccoli rabe and chicken broth to the pan,  bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes and herbs. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Stir in hot pasta and salt, and cook for 2 minutes or until heated. Stir in 1/4 cup of grated cheese and stir to blend evenly.  Add more water if too thick.
Add long shreds of Pecorino Romano cheese to the top of your soup.


  1. A delicious and lovely pasta soup. Love these cute wagon wheels.

  2. Claudia,
    I can't believe that I'm looking at soup recipes now. It's been so hot here, but his morning it's 50 degres. Fall is coming yah! and soup! Now, I want to make your gorgeous soup.Pinning

  3. Dear Claudia, This is one of my favorites. I love wagon wheels and broccoli rabe. Oh, if we got together we would make an unforgettable meal! We are sisters in spirit! Blessings my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

  4. This sounds delicious. It is the kind of dish my grandsons could make disappear in minutes. I'd love to try it. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  5. This is a great soup to enjoy! Simple to prepare with good basic ingredients. Awesome!



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