Food writer and chef Farideh Sadeghin started cooking in college, when she collected all of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks and often had friends over for entire meals based on the British chef’s recipes. This soup, which she adapted from one in Jamie’s Italy, is a meal in and of itself, full of lots of vegetables, chickpeas, and pasta. As the soup cooks, its ingredients absorb lots of the cooking liquid, transforming the dish into a thick and comforting stew. Feel free to thin with a bit of extra stock when reheating leftovers.

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Chickpea and Pasta Soup Chickpea and Pasta Soup
I started cooking in college. Back then I was particularly fond of Jamie Oliver’s recipes; I had almost all of his cookbooks and would invite friends over for entire meals based upon them. This soup is adapted from one in Jamie’s Italy. It’s a meal in and of itself, full of lots of vegetables, chickpeas, and pasta. As the soup stands, the pasta will absorb lots of the liquid, transforming the soup into a thick stew, which I love. But feel free to add more stock to thin it out again when you’re reheating it for leftovers. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director
Yield: serves 6
Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • One 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. cavatelli
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. To a large pot set over medium-high heat, add the oil; when the oil is hot, add the celery, carrot, onion, and rosemary and cook, stirring occasion – ally, until the vegetables are softened, 8–10 minutes. Add the stock and chickpeas, bring to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or spider skimmer transfer about half of the chickpea-vegetable mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return the puree to the pan, then add the cavatelli and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper as needed, stir in parsley, and garnish with parmesan cheese.