Pasta and chickpeas

The pasta and chickpeas of the Roman tradition originated from the ban imposed by the Church to eat meat on Friday in the Lenten period, also called “thin”. On Roman Friday, parcels, vegetables, or fish are consumed par excellence. This is my version as all soups can replace the garlic flavor with onion, the characterizing feature of the recipe is as always the scent in this case given by rosemary. There would be no pasta and chickpeas without rosemary!

[yumprint-recipe id=’48’]Pasta and chickpeas Ingredients

300 gr of dried boiled chickpeas
500 ml of water
  1 garlic clove
60 gr pasta
20 gr anchovies
1 rosemary sprig
Oil is 3 tablespoons
Salt to taste
black pepper


1) Soak garlic and rosemary in two 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

2) Remove the garlic from the pot and melt the anchovies

3) Blend half the chickpeas with a diving mixer

4) Add boiling water and dough

5) Cook the soup for 10 minutes

6) Pour into the dish by adding a pinch of oil and pinch of fresh ground black pepper


In the masterpiece by Mario Monicelli ” Persons Unknown” the big hit of the unfortunate thieves closes with a consolatory act consisting in dividing a good plate of pasta and chickpeas. . The original script by Monicelli for pasta and beans was Marcello Mastroianni, one of the ‘thieves’, to ask for it to be replaced with pasta and chickpeas, his favorite soup which, on the set, ate in full with Vittorio Gassman , At Tiberio Murgia and Capannelle. The Persons Unknown (1958) is all recognized as the founder of the Italian Comedy and of the genre caper film or film of the big hit;

Cast (Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Totò, Renato Salvatori, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia, Claudia Cardinale and a very young Carla Gravina.

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