Zuppa di Ceci

Chickpea Soup

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


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This robust, puréed chickpea soup from Toscana is flavored with a soffritto, tomato, rosemary, and dried porcini mushrooms, which contribute an elegant, earthy taste. The soffritto is only roughly chopped because the soup will be puréed before serving.


For the mazzetto guarnito

Sachet of Aromatics

  • 50 grams (2 ounces) red onion, cut into 3-centimeter (1-inch) pieces (⅓ cup)
  • 50


Make the mazzetto guarnito: Wrap the aromatic vegetables, herbs, and peppercorns in a single layer of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine.

Put the chickpeas in a medium pot (pentola) and cover with 4 inches cold water. Cook over low heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently, to loosen any grit. Drain; rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Return the beans to the pot and r