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Pasta E Ceci

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Category: Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Stick celery
  • 4 Cloves plump garlic
  • 6 sm Dried chillies; or to taste
  • 4 oz Pancetta lardons
  • Olive oil
  • 1 sm Tin tomatoes in juice;
  • -chopped
  • 1 Bouquet garni
  • 18 oz Cooked weight chickpeas
  • 10 1/2 oz Ditali, short macaroni pasta
  • 4 oz Parmesan cheese; grated
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Sprig rosemary
  • Few parsley stalks; tied
  • -together
  • Olive oil


Peel and dice the onions, carrots and celery stick. Chop the garlic and
chillies and put these plus the pancetta into a large heavy saucepan, along
with a good 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil. Cook for about 10 minutes then add
chopped tomatoes, bouquet garni and chickpeas. Bring to a simmer, adding
enough water to cover the chickpeas by about 1 inch. Cover and simmer for
40 minutes or until the pancetta is tender. Now turn up the heat and having
removed the lid, add the pasta, stir and return to the boil. Cook, stirring
often for 5 minutes, then remove the saucepan from the heat, cover and set
aside for 10 minutes. Open the pan, add a good slug of olive oil and the
freshly grated Parmesan. Check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper if
needed. The liquid should have been almost completely absorbed by the

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