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Smoky Tomato Soup with Pasta and Chickpeas in a bowl with a spoon
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20-minute Smoky Tomato Soup with Pasta and Chickpeas

Smoky Tomato Soup with Pasta and Chickpeas is made with ingredients you already have in your pantry. This warm, cozy goodness can be on the table in 20 minutes.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Soup
Keyword: easy dinner, easy soup, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00


  • Large Saucepan or Stockpot


  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Mild Harissa Sauce / Paste (optional)
  • 1 15 oz can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Pasta, uncooked (use any small shape like annelini, ditalini or orzo)
  • 3 cups Water (or use stock - chicken or vegetable)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Chopped fresh herbs, for serving (like parsley, cilantro or green onions)


  • Peel garlic cloves and smash them with the palm of your hand.
  • Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and then garlic cloves. Saute until garlic is fragrant and just starting to turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes (don't let it burn or it will turn bitter).
  • Add tomato paste and harissa and saute for 1 minute more.
  • Add chickpeas and pasta and stir to combine everything.
  • Heat water / stock in the microwave until boiling (see note about liquid amount). Pour over chickpeas and pasta.
  • Lower heat so that the soup is at a low simmer. Simmer until pasta is al dente (just tender), ~15 minutes.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheese and fresh herbs. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over top if you'd like.


Inspired by from several sources, but mostly Food52.
The classic Pasta con Ceci uses more like 2 cups of liquid which yields something closer to an ordinary pasta than a soup. We love it that way, but in the cold weather, I prefer this to be closer to a traditional tomato soup. If you'd like a thicker tomato sauce that coats the pasta instead of a soup, reduce liquid to 2 cups.
Pasta shape: Any small pasta shape will work here as noted above, but our family loves annelini the best. It made several people comment that this reminded them of SpaghettiOs (in only the best way possible, they were all quick to add).


Serving: 1g | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg