Tuscan Pasta & Chickpea Soup

This past summer was pretty hectic; I was on the go a lot so I didn't spend much time in the kitchen. As we settle into fall and crave cozier food I figured it was a good time to get back into the kitchen. Last night I whipped up my fall favourite, Tuscan Pasta & Chickpea Soup.  This soup is plenty tasty, healthy and an easy dish to make after a long day at work. It is a pretty basic soup as well so it can take on a number of different flavour variations depending on your mood.  The recipe below yields about 6 hearty portions so you will definitely have left overs. I brought in a couple extra portions to the office today.  This past week I've also had a few baking requests at work and from friends, so I think I'll be back to baking this weekend as well...hmm...what to make...

Original Recipe Yummly

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tube-shaped macaroni), acini di pepe (tiny round pasta), or orzo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped onion (1 large)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot (about 2 carrots)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth (such as Swanson), divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

2. While pasta cooks, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add rosemary and thyme; sauté 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

3. Drain pasta; set aside.

4. Reserve 1/2 cup chickpeas; set aside. Place remaining chickpeas and remaining 1 cup broth in a blender; process 1 minute or until smooth. Pour puréed chickpea mixture into a large bowl. Place half of soup in blender; process until smooth. Pour puréed soup into bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining half of soup.

5. Return puréed soup to pan. Stir in reserved 1/2 cup chickpeas, pepper, and salt. Cook over medium heat 6 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in cooked pasta. Serve immediately.

Saturday. Morning. Bed. Lightroom. Yes.

I have recently gotten a chance to slow down a bit and get into a cozy autumn mindset.  I had a pretty hectic summer and early fall so I am happy to be able to enjoy some quiet moments to myself. Sometimes there is nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday without a specific task or deadline at hand.  It is nice to be able to just stay in bed till late morning with a coffee or tea, reading, blogging or working on a personal project before getting on with my day.  I hope to have many more Saturdays like this in the weeks to come.