‘Pasta e Ceci’ (Chickpeas Pasta) is a traditional dish widely used all over Central & South Italy. Simple, but yet very tasty & warm dish especially on a rainy early spring day. Discover Nonna’s Amina recipe to make the perfect Pasta e Ceci.




10 min


2 hours (depending on chickpeas)


4 people



300 gr of fresh pasta (Tagliolini or Sagne)

  • 500 gr of dry chickpeas
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Some parsley

For frying, soffritto:

  • Half onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 250 ml tomato passata


  • A saucepan
  • A frying pan


Wash and leave the chickpeas to soak water overnight.

Put the chickpeas, water, bay leaves, whole parsley, and garlic in a saucepan (3 fingers on top of the chickpeas). Nonna’s chickpeas have to be cooked for 2/3 hours until they are tender. Depending on the chickpeas, they have to be cooked until they get soft. They will release a white foam, remove it with the help of a spoon.

Make the soffritto with olive oil and chopped onion and add it to the chickpeas and let it cook for an additional 1 hour. Do not forget to add some chilly.

In the meantime, cook the pasta and at half cooking, add it to the chickpeas and let cook the pasta together, so that the amid will give the chickpeas soup a nice consistency.

Buon Appetito!

Nonna’s Top Secrets:

  • Use organic chickpeas
  • Use organic fresh eggs
  • Chickpeas have to boil slowly at low heat.

Don’t forget:

  • Wash the chickpeas before the cooking.

Pasta Chickpeas Video


Variants of Classic Chickpeas Pasta

Chickpeas are very versatile, they can be mixed and prepared in all sort of ways. As they have a soft taste by nature, they’re excellent when added with truffles, saffron & seafood. You can see some of our preparations below.

Classic Chickpeas Pasta, Pasta & Ceci

Classic recipe, like Nonna’s one, we’ve paired it with a glass of Metodo Classico from the Faraone Winery in Abruzzo.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pasta & Ceci (Chickpeas Pasta) Experience BellaVita

Chickpeas & Saffron

The king of the spices, the Saffron from Navelli! what better way to taste saffron, then with chickpeas.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pasta & Ceci (Chickpeas Pasta) Experience BellaVita

Chickpeas & Seafood

Seafood also goes very well with chickpeas, here below you can see our recipe with mussels & clams.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pasta & Ceci (Chickpeas Pasta) Experience BellaVita

Chickpeas & Truffle

Our favourite, maybe because we are in the land of truffles, but truly this recipe is so tasty! We’ve even added some wild chestnuts and the result couldn’t be better.

Abruzzo Recipe: Pasta & Ceci (Chickpeas Pasta) Experience BellaVita


Have you ever made ‘Pasta e Ceci’ Pasta with chickpeas? Share Nonna’s recipe with your friends and join one of our cooking classes in Abruzzo.

Marino Cardelli

Marino Cardelli

Food & Wine Enthusiast, 2nd level Qualified Wine Sommelier, Licensed Tour Leader of the Abruzzo Region, Official Abruzzo Smart Ambassador. I try to create environments & opportunities for Abruzzo's small business, young people and our traditions to thrive through sustainable tourism.

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