Spaghetti alla Ceci

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound spaghetti


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 (14-ounce) can, chick peas, drained

1/2 teaspoon dry thyme, eyeball it


1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth

1 (14-ounce) can, crushed tomatoes

Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Grated Parmiginao-Reggiano, to pass at table


  1. Boil water for pasta, salt it, and cook spaghetti to al dente.
  2. While spaghetti cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic. Place chick peas in food processor and pulse grind them to a fine chop. Add chick peas to garlic and season them with thyme, salt and pepper then saute them for 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine or broth and cook down 30 seconds or so then stir in tomatoes and adjust seasoning. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Top with parsley and grated cheese.