italian pasta with chickpeas

Pasta with Chickpeas (Pasta e Ceci), a Roman Recipe

Pasta e Ceci, pasta with chickpeas is one of the most traditional chickpeas recipes: a tasty and healthy dish that can be considered as a complete meal.



  • 7 oz chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 anchovy fillets in oil
  • rosemary to taste
  • 1 tbs extra virgin oil
  • 12.3 oz pasta
  • 3.5 oz tomato puree
First course
Italian Recipes
4 servings
15 min.
40 min.
55 min.

Pasta e Ceci, pasta with chickpeas is one of the most traditional chickpeas recipes. It's a really Italian "grandmother's recipe": a complete and nutritious dish that alone can be considered as a tasty full meal.

Pasta with chickpeas is an healthy chickpeas recipe of the Mediterranean diet, a good idea to the good to give you all the energy in the cold winter days.

How to cook dried chickpeas? Soak them 24 hours before cooking, with a teaspoon of baking soda. In this way chickpeas will soft enough and ready to be cooked.

Dried chickpeas recipes are definitely healthy and tasty, but if you don't have time to cook, feel free to use canned chickpeas.

dried chickpeas recipe


  • After soaking chickpeas, drain and put them in a saucepan with a little more than a liter of water, a clove of garlic and rosemary. Bring to a boil and cook until the beans will not be mushy. If you prefer, you can cook dried chickpeas in pressure pan to save time (if you have one at home and you can use it!).
  • When the chickpeas are almost ready, put a pan with a tablespoon of oil on low heat, add the remaining garlic and the anchovy. Remove the garlic when it gets brown.
  • Now, it's time to add a ladle of chickpeas to the oil and squash them.
  • Pour the chickpeas purée obtained back into the pan the remaining ones and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook. If you like, add two tablespoons of tomato sauce while cooking.

Cooking tips

Choose the pasta to use for your pasta e ceci recipe. You can have fun putting together even different types of pasta, the important thing is that they have the same cooking time, or a verry small difference (no longer than 1 minute). You can use broken spaghetti, maltagliati, penne... whatever you want, provided that you don't use stuffed pasta or gnocchi.

Add a teaspoon of chilli oil directly on the plate if you like it!


Chickpeas are a very healhty food. Watch the video below and discover all the benefits of chickpeas!

Pasta with Chickpeas foto by Shuets udono, CC 2.0