Chickpea and Pasta Soup

When the weather turns cold like it has in Pittsburgh, there is a serious need for soup.

And while slaving over a hot stove might be desirable when it’s 18 degrees outside, who really has the time? Enter in chickpea and pasta soup. It is a simple and tasty soup from the Tuscan region of Italy. And it uses some of our favorite ingredients: chickpeas and pasta.

Traditional zuppa di ceci has tomatoes in it, but that doesn’t really sit well with me (hello, nightshade intolerance). So, we omitted it and added a little vegetable stock for some added flavor.


Yields 4-6

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs dried rosemary or 1 fresh sprig
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 (15-oz) can chick peas
  • 8 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 cup small noodle shapes (macaroni, shells, ditalini, etc.)
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Saute onions, rosemary and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Mash up 3 tbs of the chickpeas into paste (can also use food processor) and add to the onions, along with the remaining chickpeas and the liquid they are canned in.
  3. Add the water, vegetable stock, and salt and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the pasta.
  5. Bring back to a boil, stirring from time to time, and cook until pasta is al dente.
  6. Check for salt, and add some if necessary.
  7. Serve with lots of cracked pepper and some warm crusty bread.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, egg free, corn free, and soy free. Can also be made wheat free and gluten free depending on choice of noodles.


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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply Ooh, I have all the ingredients for this in my house!
  2. Reply [...] Reluctant Vegetarian – Chicpea and Pasta Soup [...]
  3. Reply Could this be done in a crock pot? It sounds so yummy!
  4. Reply I made this soup the other day and it turned out to be sooooo yumi. I did add a tbsp spoon or two of tomato paste and used vegetable stock for the most part instead of water. I did go for seconds for sure .. Even my 2 YO son had some. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
    1. Reply Love it! Your additions sound tasty as well.

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