This is a recipe that I picked up in Italy a few years ago. Being that I'm not a soup fan, I was somewhat hesitant... but this thick and hearty soup quickly won my praise. It will quickly become a favorite recipe!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the tomatoes, olive oil and 1 1/2 cans of the beans in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Puree the remaining 1/2 can of garbanzo beans using a blender or food processor, and stir into the saucepan. Place the sprigs of rosemary into the pan without breaking off the leaves. The sprigs will be removed before serving.

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  • Add acini de pepe pasta and simmer until pasta is soft, stirring gently to prevent sticking. Remove rosemary, and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

501.6 calories; 18.9 g protein; 95 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 821.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
I added another can of undrained tomatoes plus two cups of water basil and thyme. The soup tasted good and was very healthy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2004
A very appealing recipe that just didn't deliver. It was VERY thick. I had to keep adding water. More a paste than a soup. It also had no 'kick'. I think with garlic onions maybe more tomato it could be better. As is it could be used as a dip of some sort but not as a soup. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
I added another can of undrained tomatoes plus two cups of water basil and thyme. The soup tasted good and was very healthy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2009
Great soup! I only had 1 can of beans, so it wasn't as thick as originally stated, but it was still yummy! I also tossed in some veggies (carrots, celery, yellow squash, & zucchini) that I needed get rid of, as well as some garlic. I love thick soups, so I definitely want to make this again with the extra can of beans to make it thicker! Rather than mashing 1/2 of the beans in a food processor, I just put my beans into a small Ziplock baggie & rolled my can of tomatoes over the bag until they were mashed. Very easy...and no cleanup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
I made this pretty much as written substituting orzo for the acini di pepe. It makes a very thick soup very good for a quick pantry dinner. It could easily be thinned for a more "soup-like" meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2008
ADD LIQUID! Otherwise awesome! I loved loved loved this soup. However, after reading the reviews I added two extra cans of tomatoes and one can of chicken broth. Came out a nice thick soup consistency. I served with with lamb chops but it's definitely hardy enough to stand on it's own with some nice crusty bread. I used whole wheat small shells which is what I had on hand and it was great and also healthy! I also added roasted minced garlic and a few dashes of hot sauce. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/16/2004
A very appealing recipe that just didn't deliver. It was VERY thick. I had to keep adding water. More a paste than a soup. It also had no 'kick'. I think with garlic onions maybe more tomato it could be better. As is it could be used as a dip of some sort but not as a soup. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
04/24/2005
This was good for those of us who like garbanzos but was VERY thick. We used it as a sidedish but not until I added a few dashes of hot sauce another can of the diced tomatoes and some italian herbs. I also tried it cold the next day thinking it might make an interesting summer side dish but we didn't find it very appealing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2008
I thought this was a good recipe and would definitely make it again. I substituted basil parsley thyme for the rosemary(didn't have any) and added extra water. I also didn't go thru the trouble of using a blender to puree the beans I simply mashed them up like you would for mashed potatoes. Once done I sprinkled parmesan cheese. Light and easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2010
This is a very basic soup that's tasty but if you add some veggies it makes it great!!! I had a little bit of a lot of things I needed to use up I added frozen spinach that was thawed chopped red pepper chopped onion some small zucchinis and used a small swirly pasta. Made this for lunches for the rest of this week but it was so good I ate the rest for dinner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2010
Very good soup. I added additional water a chicken boullion cube dried rosemary carrots and minced garlic. Read More
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