Easy recipe for a hearty pasta fagioli soup with chickpeas, pasta and vegetables. This makes a delicious homestyle vegetarian lunch or dinner.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, very finely chopped
2 carrots, sliced into thin coins
3 garlic cloves, smashed, peeled and chopped
1 fresh red chili pepper (such as Fresno), finely chopped; or 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red chili
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
5 cups cooked chickpeas with 4 cups reserved cooking water *(see how to cook above) or 4 15-ounce cans, drained
1 small Parmesan rind
8 ounces dried soup pasta, such as ditalini, acini de pepe or orzo
Handful of fresh basil leaves for serving (optional)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Put the oil, onion and carrots in a large heavy pot with a pinch of salt. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.
Stir the garlic, chili and rosemary into the pan and cook about 1 minute until fragrant. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus the remaining ingredients except for the pasta, basil and grated cheese (if using canned chickpeas, add 4 cups water or vegetable broth).
Partially cover the pot and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt, chili or freshly ground pepper to taste.
Remove the Parmesan rind and stir the cooked pasta into the soup. Tear the basil into pieces and add to the pot. Serve in bowls topped with grated cheese.
To prepare dried chickpeas for this soup, soak one pound chickpeas in cold water 4 hours or overnight.
Drain, place in a pot and cover with water to cover by at least 3 inches. Add 1 teaspoon salt, a clove of garlic and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface, then cook until the chickpeas are tender, which could take 1 - 2 hours. Reserve the cooking liquid to use as a broth for the soup.
Cook the chickpeas up a few days ahead, if you want, and store in the refrigerator covered with the cooking liquid.
Recipe by Familystyle Food at https://familystylefood.com/pasta-fagioli-chickpea-pasta-soup/