The Easy and Best Pasta For Busy Weeknights

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Today we’re making pasta e ceci or pasta and chickpeas. This is great meatless dish to enjoy any time of the year but it’s especially great when it’s cold out. Feel free to add more tomato or any additions you like to make it your own. Enjoy!


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INGREDIENTS WITH GRAM AMOUNTS (Gram amounts are estimates)
½ cup (113 grams) extra virgin olive oil
2 ribs celery – diced
1 medium onion – diced
2 medium carrots – diced
5 cloves garlic – minced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 16-ounce cans (1360 grams) chickpeas – drained, but don’t rinse
4 cups (946 grams) low sodium vegetable stock to start but add more as needed
1 cup (180 grams) canned plum tomatoes – hand crushed
1 Parmigiano rind
1 sprig Rosemary
½ pound (226 grams) small shell pasta or ditalini, elbows, etc
salt and pepper – to taste


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12 Replies to “The Easy and Best Pasta For Busy Weeknights”

  1. This is a great one for Lent or any time you're in the mood for a simple to make and comforting dish. As always, thank you for liking and sharing our videos! The print recipe and ingredients are linked in the description for your convenience.

  2. Jim I give it a 12! You make it just like I do and it’s one of my favorite dishes ever in the world. Seriously! And ps … I love the pasta shells for the exact same reason! ?

  3. Hi! This looks great, im going to try it! I also have a comment about the way your videos are named… I was looking for a pasta dish you made and I had to scroll a long time to find it because it wasnt named by the dish but by a catch phrase. I dont why its done like that but it would help if there was an indication of the name or contents of the dish in the titles. Thank you??

  4. If you immediately freeze the leftovers in individual serving size containers, the pasta doesn't get mushy. I once did an experiment where I took half my leftovers and put them in the fridge and the other half in individual containers in the freezer and it was no contest. Now I sometimes will make a big pot and immediately portion 2/3 of it into tupperware and stick them in the freezer before I've even poured myself a bowl.

  5. Made this tonight…SO EASY and absolutely delicious! Perfect meal for tomorrow’s Lent Friday! ?

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