Italian Pasta Ceci

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Italian Pasta Ceci is an Italian dish know here in America as Pasta and Chickpeas.

Grandma sure knew how to stretch a great meal and this dish, as it fed a lot of people.


Back in the old country as she called her birthplace, Rome, Italy, this was referred to as depression food.


It was an inexpensive meal that fed the family and pure comfort food.


This dish tastes great and shouts Italian in every bite.


As years went on it became more and more comforting to remember Grandma at the stove handing down those traditional recipes for my kids to enjoy.


I make this all winter long at least once a month.


My entire family still enjoys those childhood "depression foods" that now became more gourmet being it's not found in any restaurants.


I really believe when times were tough back in the 1930s and before that, Grandma's talent creating fabulous meals were the best then and now.


My Italian grandmother knew how to make a great meal from when she was 12 and came to the U.S. on a boat at 16.


She always made a huge pot for the whole family, and in Utica, my hometown, this was surely on and still is, on many menus there.


Utica is famous for Tomato Pie, Italian Greens, Italian Lemon Ice, Pizza Fritta, Chicken Riggies, Manny's Cheesecake, Oscugnizzo Pizza, Pusties and Rosato Chocolate Cookies.


This is a very old fashioned Italian favorite I grew up on scroll down to the recipe and print it off.







Italian Pasta Ceci  Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni








garbanzo beans in a blue colander pouring into a pot of sauce




Depression Food



Grandma always called this depression food.


It was economical to make and easy to prepare for a large family.


She would buy the chickpeas dry and soak them overnight ( now I do them in a slow cooker) getting them ready to place in a huge pot of freshly made tomato sauce.



Italian Pasta Ceci  Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni



The Chickpeas



Back then she would even make all her pasta homemade. We often used dried ditalini for this dish, but whatever pasta you have on hand is perfectly fine.


The reason I use the slow cooker overnight, the chickpeas are so nice and soft and flavorful compared to canned and less salt. I love them that way, they are easy to do.




 Chickpeas garbanzo beans,  being poured into a pot of sauce




Childhood Memories



When I was little I would pick out the chickpeas, I didn't like beans at all, just the pasta. Now I balance out more beans that pasta since I love the chickpeas more.


Go figure. We grow up and appreciate foods and see things a whole lot different when we miss our history.




Italian Pasta Ceci  Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni



Thankful



When I try to recreate the flavors she had, I was thankful I got to be 19 when she passed away.


She lived until she was 94, to watch her cook.


I always watched what she did.



Italian Pasta Ceci  Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni





Dad Started Cooking



My dad took over with the cooking when grandma passed, mom and dad both worked so they took turns.


He was an awesome cook.


Dad would use all fresh herbs from the garden. He used canned chickpeas but the sauce was fabulous, he really nailed it.


I think it was the red wine he put in it and not water.



Italian Pasta Ceci simmering in a pot   old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni



Total Comfort Food



It was a delightful memory I will always cherish.


I can still remember the olive oil and smell of fresh garlic sizzling in the pan before he put in the tomato paste.


The whole house just had that warm feeling walking through the door after a long walk home from school, especially in the winter months.


I always use that same method, it really makes your mouth water.


The anticipation to eat after smelling that delicious oil and garlic is irresistible!



Italian Pasta Ceci Chickpeas and Pasta  old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni




Comfort Food



There is nothing better to warm you up on a chilly day.


The snow was very bitter cold and the winters were fierce in Upstate Utica, New York.


We had blizzards that kept us inside for days.

Snow up to 6 feet high in the 1960s.



this is how to make pasta with italian sauce and ceci garbanzo beans.



Cherished Memories



These are the meals we cherished the most to warm us up.


Grandma lived with us when Grandpa passed away. I was only 7.


She would cook, I would watch, and mom would work all day at the local P & C market as a deli manager to come home to a hot meal. Dad worked at (Ma Bell nickname for) Att at the time, mostly night shifts.


Somehow or another I really got to love cooking at a very young age of 11 years old.


My first attempt was from a Better Homes and Garden cookbook and the best brownies I ever had from that book, I still have it!


Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and I am sure grateful I watched everything mom and grandma did when I was younger.


Italian Pasta Ceci Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni




Chickpeas



If you aren't a fan of chickpeas, of course, you can add another kind of bean. This is very much like a pasta fagioli.


Delicious with any kind of beans, cannellini, peas, navy beans, black beans, whatever you like.


It's the sauce that makes this dish irresistible.



Italian Pasta Ceci  Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni



Ingredients for Italian Pasta Ceci


  • fresh celery leaves
  • fresh cleaned garlic
  • garlic powder, oregano ( we like more garlic flavor you can add more fresh if you like)
  • fresh parsley fresh basil and save more for garnishing
  • chicken broth
  • water
  • fresh whole tomatoes or fresh plum tomatoes
  • tomato paste







Italian Pasta Ceci simmering in a pot   old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni




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This is a fresh tomato sauce for pasta and ceci which are garbanzo beans, AKA chickpeas in sauce, a famous vintage Italian dish


Pasta



Remember, use any pasta you like cooked to package instructions, drained then added to the sauce and beans mixture.


The sauce is thick, delicious and perfect with a hard-crusted loaf of Italian bread to sop up the sauce with and for all my vino drinkers, get a good bottle of Chianti.


Enjoy Grandma's recipe of Italian Pasta Ceci and you can adapt any way you want, this is a basic sauce perfect for any beans and pasta.


You certainly can use white beans of any kind to change it if you aren't a fan of chickpeas.




this is a bowl of linguine pasta broken up in a sauce with chickpeas garnished with Romano cheese in a white bowl with a spoon in it.






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Yield: 8

Italian Pasta Ceci (Chickpeas and Pasta)

prep time: 15 min cook time: 1 hours total time: 1 hour and 15 mins
This is an old fashioned meal Grandma made back in the depression era. It feeds many and inexpensive. Garbanzo beans and pasta with sauce was a staple in our Italian home growing up.

ingredients:

  • In a food processor add or if you like chop by hand :
  • 4 to 5 fresh celery leaves
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves fresh cleaned garlic
  • Puree till a fine mixture.
  • In a large deep saucepan, add the 3 to 4 tablespoons of  oil to the mixture above on low, heat, add:
  • 2 (14 to 15 oz size) cans of chickpeas or freshly made beans, saute with garlic mixture till just to coat with flavors
  • When the garlic starts to turn light brown add 1 small can of tomato paste + fill can with red wine or water to stir out the leftover tomato paste.
  • Add:
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, oregano ( we like more garlic flavor you can add more fresh if you like)
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh parsley fresh basil and save more for garnishing
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 lbs fresh whole tomatoes or fresh plum tomatoes pureed in a food processor or use 1 - 28 ounce can.
  • grated cheese

instructions:

  1. Cook until sauce thickens around 1 1/2 hours on low. Add basil and stir.
  2. Add at the very end add the fresh herbs in the sauce:
  3. top with fresh basil leaves or fresh parsley chopped 
  4. Stir in some Romano Parmesan blended grated cheese (around 1/4 cup) into the sauce.
  5. Make your favorite pasta to package instructions: suggestions are broken Linguine, Vermicelli. or Ditalini. You can also use Baby shells. Always salt the water.
  6.  Cook the pasta al dente. Drain the pasta do not rinse it.
  7. Stir the pasta into the sauce mixture. Serve with Italian Garlic Bread. enjoy!
calories
226
fat (grams)
8
sat. fat (grams)
11
carbs (grams)
21
net carbs
14
protein (grams)
6
sugar (grams)
11
Created using The Recipes Generator





Italian Pasta Ceci Pin for later



Utica New York Style Italian Pasta Ceci Chickpeas and Pasta old fashioned garbanzo beans with macaroni



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12 comments

  1. What a terrific recipe! So many nice childhood memories, too---you were lucky to have two generations from which to learn cooking and life lessons!

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  2. Simple yet very delicious and comforting!

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  3. Good to see you back to posting Claudia

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  4. I love this recipe but what I love the most is how you write about it Claudia. Your descriptives make me want to make and eat this! I'm definitely going to give the sauce a try. I love how you fill the tomato paste can with wine :) Just so old fashioned and when I make it, I will chop by hand just to be sure I'm staying old fashioned. lol

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  5. I love cherished family recipes like this. I've never actually had this particular dish - pasta with chickpeas. I'll have to try it.

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  6. I just started liking chickpeas so I'm always looking for new ways to eat them. This recipe looks perfect and delicious. I can't wait to try it!

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  7. this recipe sounds wonderful - cant wait to make some!

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  8. looks so delicious! Would love to try it!

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  9. This is something different! Loves the use if chicpeas in this pasta recipe..great way to add protein !

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  10. Sounds like you come from a family of good cooks! So nice that they passed on traditions to you. My son (an adult) still doesn't like chickpeas, but I love them! I never knew this was an Italian dish!

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  11. This looks delicious. My hubby is allergic to basil, so I may give this a shot using cilantro!

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  12. What a great comfort meal!! Very warming!

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