This soup is thick and hearty. It combines fresh mixed vegetables with pasta and chickpeas. Simple, yet delicious. It keeps well, and tastes even better the next day.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender.

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  • Reduce heat to medium low, add the tomatoes and the water and break the tomatoes apart with your hands in the pot. Then simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the basil, chickpeas and pasta and simmer for 15 to 20 more minutes, or until all ingredients are heated through.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 22.2g 7% DV; fat 5.4g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 357mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2003
Not enough spices for me. I added garlic after I sauted the onion and then added more basil and some oregano and some parsley to it. I thought it was much better after that. I also don't like my pasta overcooked so I added uncooked pasta to the soup base during the second step and let it cook together for about 30 minutes. I also don't like overcooked celery so I added that in at the third step. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2009
A pretty good basic recipe. It is a bit bland and needs some added spices to it. After that it is pretty tasty. Read More
(6)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2003
Not enough spices for me. I added garlic after I sauted the onion and then added more basil and some oregano and some parsley to it. I thought it was much better after that. I also don't like my pasta overcooked so I added uncooked pasta to the soup base during the second step and let it cook together for about 30 minutes. I also don't like overcooked celery so I added that in at the third step. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2007
This was kind of bland but once I got the season's put together it was all right. Something I will make again but next time I think I will use chopped tomatoes with spices and stuff in it and not whole. It's great if you don't have any money (as I often do) and nothing in the house to eat. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2009
A pretty good basic recipe. It is a bit bland and needs some added spices to it. After that it is pretty tasty. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2011
This was great for a base recipe but pretty bland on it's own. I added hot sauce to it for flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2015
I enjoyed this soup. It is almost like pasta e ceci without the carrots. I did add extra vegetables but not any spices or seasonings. As written the recipe delivers a simple and traditional style Italian soup meaning that it doesn't contain a lot of spices instead allowing the flavour of the ingredients to shine through. The flavours of the tomatoes onion and celery are evident and "gustoso". Adding a few more veggies added some flair. Thank you Rachel for your recipe. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2016
The second time I made this recipe I used cooked lentils instead of chickpeas and I also added some greens from my garden (specifically tat soi). I enjoyed it better this way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2019
Read the reviews before I made this so I also added garlic carrots used 4 cups of chicken broth instead of water and 1/2 cup of uncooked pasta. Delicious Read More