Roman orecchiette and chickpeas with spinach and rosemary-garlic oil

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

Roman orecchiette and chickpeas with spinach and rosemary-garlic oil

Roman orecchiette and chickpeas with spinach and rosemary-garlic oil

Soy-Free, Vegetarian, No Added Sugar, <600 Calories

2 Servings, 570 Calories/Serving

20 Minutes

Make it a Roman holiday at home with our version of pasta e ceci (Italian for “pasta and chickpeas”), a flavorful dish featuring hearty tomato sauce, earthy spinach, and an aromatic rosemary-garlic oil.  

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 1 or 2 cloves organic peeled fresh garlic
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup organic mirepoix (onions - carrots - celery)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 5 ounces orecchiette
  • 2 sprigs organic fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes (optional)
  • 3 ounces organic baby spinach or other leafy greens
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Nutrition per serving

Calories 570, Total Fat 21g (27% DV), Sat. Fat 4.5g (23% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 270mg (12% DV), Total Carb. 79g (29% DV), Fiber 10g (36% DV), Total Sugars 8g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars, 0% DV), Protein 21g
Contains: Milk, Wheat

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Cook the orecchiette and chickpeas

  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1½ teaspoons [3 tsp]. Set aside ½ teaspoon [1 tsp] for the rosemary-garlic oil.
  • Rinse the chickpeas.

In a medium [large] sauce pot over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 teaspoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the mirepoix, tomato paste, and 1 teaspoon [2 tsp] garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften and the tomato paste starts to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. 

Add the orecchiette, chickpeas, and 2½ cups [5 cups] water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a vigorous simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened and the orecchiette is just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the rosemary-garlic oil.


Make the rosemary-garlic oil

  • Strip the rosemary leaves from the stems and finely chop enough to measure 2 teaspoons [1 TBL]. Save any remaining rosemary for another use. Transfer to a small heatproof bowl.
  • If using, set aside half the chile flakes for garnish.

In a small frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 to 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Stir in the remaining garlic and up to half the chile flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Carefully pour the garlic oil over the rosemary. 


Finish the dish

Remove the pot with the orecchiette, chickpeas, and vegetables from the heat. Stir in the spinach and season to taste with salt and pepper. 


Transfer the orecchiette, chickpeas, and vegetables to individual bowls and drizzle with the rosemary-garlic oil. Garnish with as much Parmesan and remaining chile flakes as you like and serve any remaining Parmesan on the side.

Kids Can!
  • Press the garlic (if you have a press). 
  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Measure the water for the orecchiette. 
  • Strip the rosemary leaves. 
  • Garnish with the Parmesan.