Start of a new year and documenting the past

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.
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. 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.

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

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 think spaghetti into soup and cook intil pasta is tender. ( You can also cook pasta separately and add to soup after drained)
If soup is to thick you can add more broth.

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