Pasta e Ceci alla Clementina

A delicious minestra that the Romans ate especially on Friday, a day that at one time was meatless.

Pasta e Ceci alla Clementina


For 4 Person(s)

For the Pasta e Ceci:

  • 1/2 pound short pasta
  • 1/2 pound dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 fillets of anchiovies
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • salt & pepper


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  1. The night before, put the chickpeas in cold water and let them soak for 14-16 hours.
  2. Pour in a pan the softened chickpeas and cover them with water. Add 2 cloves of garlic and a branch of rosemary.
  3. Cook the chickpeas until they reach an "al dente" consistency (about 2-2.5 hours)
  4. Boil for a few seconds the tomatoes in hot water, remove the skin and cut them in large cubes. Remove the seeds.
  5. In a separate large saute` pan add the EV olive oil, flavor it with  a clove of garlic and a branch of rosemary. Remove the garlic and the rosemary as soon as the garlic turns gold.
  6. Add the anchovies and crush them in the hot oil with a fork.
  7. Add the tomato cubes. Salt to taste and let it cook for a few minutes.
  8. As soon as the chickpeas have reached the "al dente" consistency, remove half of them and liquefy them with a blender or a food processor.
  9. Add the liquefied chickpeas and the whole chickpeas with their own water into the pan.
  10. Add the pasta cooked "al dente" and saute for a minute.
  11. Serve in bowls by adding a few drops of EV olive oil, fresh pepper and a garnish with a branch of rosemary.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
very very good. Brava - angeloiurilli

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