Grandma’s Italian Garbanzo Bean Soup (Pasta e Ceci)


First of all I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!!  Firstly, check out your community for ways to recycle that Christmas tree into mulch. Excited to see Richmond is doing it this year again. 

Ours however goes into my huge mulch pit in the backyard. We updated this post from 2010. 

Secondly, one of my motivations for this blog was to get write out my Grandparents and mother’s recipes I was given when I was married. The original form of a binder and looseleaf paper inserts is failing me after 10 years.

prepared Pasta e Ceci

This year as we celebrate the start of a new decade I am committed to getting through many of those recipes of past decades and make a more permanent and organized document. So basically every time I post one of the recipes, I am killing two birds!!

Because it has been sooo cold these past few days I thought I would start with a warm and easy soup recipe.

 Funny thing is I have a few different versions of this recipe from my grandma.  We are going with the original one but there is flexibility on the ingredients…


Grandma’s Passta di Piselli or Ceci (Garbanzo bean) and Pasta soup

Every good soup begins with carrots and celery. The original recipe does not have these items in there, but I enjoy the extra crunch. 

How to turn your soup into a tomato based soup? 

Adding a small can of tomato paste or tomato sauce.    If using tomato paste, you might need to add more liquid due to the thickening properties of the paste 

Pasta e Ceci

What is the best broth for Pasta e Ceci Soup? 

We typically use chicken broth, but you can use beef or vegetable broth if you want to keep this vegetarian 

What type of pasta do you use for Italian Garbanzo Bean Soup?

My grandmother’s recipe calls for broken spaghetti noodles.  Use whatever you have open, or at least a small pasta.  A penne would be too big. 

adding pasta to soup

Can I make Pasta e Ceci Soup ahead of time?

While this recipe comes together in about 20 minutes, you can easily make it ahead of time.  We suggest not adding any pasta until you are ready to serve as it will absorb all the liquid. 

You can boil the pasta separately if you want to as well.

What kind of beans in Pasta e Ceci? 

Canned Garbanzo or Chick Pea beans.  Using canned beans makes this recipe come out in minutes. 


Grandma's Italian Garbanzo Bean Soup (Pasta e Ceci)

Grandma's Italian Garbanzo Bean Soup (Pasta e Ceci)

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Italian vegaterian optional garbanzo bean soup is perfect for chilly fall days. It's super easy to make and packed with flavor and nutrients.


  • 2 cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup of Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots-chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks-chopped
  • 1 Small Onion- chopped
  • Small can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Chicken or Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • 2 tbls. Parsley
  • 1 C Broken Macaroni
  • 1 15 ½ oz. Can Ceci beans (Garbanzo Beans)


    Saute’ onion and garlic in olive oil.  Add Carrots and Celery and cook until tender
    Add tomato paste and oregano and cook about 10 minutes.  Add broth and remaining seasonings.
    Stir and cook until it comes to a boil.  Add chick peas with it liquid from the can.  Break thin spaghetti into soup and cook until pasta is tender. ( You can also cook pasta separately and add to soup after drained)

    If soup is too thick you can add more broth.

Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 301Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 25mgSodium 994mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 6gSugar 9gProtein 13g

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