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Apulian Pasta and Chickpeas

10 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giadzy
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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Cucina Povera is an Italian cooking philosophy that focuses on as little food waste as possible, and this dish is a prime example of how inventive dishes can be with bare-bones ingredients. Cicerie e Tria is a classic dish from Puglia in southern Italy, focusing on two main components: pasta and chickpeas!

Classically, this dish features a mix of boiled and fried pasta for textural differences. In order to simplify the dish, we gave it the Giadzy spin and cut out the frying portion and opted for canned chickpeas in place of dried. The result? A divinely creamy, cheesy pasta with loads of southern Italian flavor from lemon, Calabrian chili paste and rosemary, all with a hearty bite from chickpeas.

It stars all the bright fresh flavors of a coastal Italian dish, while feeling comforting and homey all at once.
Pulian Chickpea Pasta


Apulian Chickpea Pasta


dinner Main Course

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




The Giadzy Kitchen

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season generously with salt. Add the pasta to the water and cook for 2 minutes less than package directions, about 10 minutes. This should be about perfect timing to add it directly to the pan
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil to the pan and heat an additional 30 seconds or until the oil shimmers and moves freely. To the hot oil add the shallots, garlic and salt. Cook stirring often until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the drained chickpeas to the pan and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Mash a few of the chickpeas with the back of a fork to break them apart. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Cook until the white wine is almost entirely reduced, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chili paste and 1/2 cup of reserved chickpea liquid. Discard the remaining liquid. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
  3. When the pasta is barely al dente, use tongs to remove the pasta directly from the water to the pan with the chickpeas. Add about 3/4 cup of pasta water to the pan with the pasta. Sprinkle the cheese over the bare pasta and toss well to coat. Continue to toss and cook the pasta in the liquid until a creamy sauce has formed that clings to the pasta, about 2 minutes. You may need to add another 1/4 cup of pasta water if the sauce gets too tight or if the pasta needs it to finish cooking. Add the rosemary, lemon juice and another drizzle of olive oil. Toss well to combine. Serve with additional cheeses and olive oil if desired.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
60 grams
19 grams
12 grams
Saturated Fat
5 grams
20 milligrams
471 milligrams
3 grams
3 grams
Unsaturated Fat
6 grams
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3 reviews & comments

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    Gail B - Jul 25

    This was a wonderful healthy pasta to make instead of using Spaghetti as called for I had a pasta called Stroncatura. This pasta was illegal in Calabria due to the fact it was unsanitary, created for the poor by sweeping up the leftovers in the Mill it was processed in. Today , clearly this is not the case and this very hearty pasta was perfect with the Calabrian chili paste which I made from the Calabrian chilis. As always Giada’s recipes do not disappoint. I was so happy I could create a very authentic Calabrian dish🙏

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    William Koseluk - Jul 08

    Didn't think I'd like chickpeas with pasta (love them separately). But this was great. I made homemade Trenette (like a linguini) and doubled the Calabrian chilis (I like hot spice – and this did not overwhelm) – and the result was very nice. The chickpeas help to create a creamy-like sauce that, with the cheese, almost suggests Alfredo — but way less rich. I would add some parsley next time for a bit of freshness. Very nice recipe and the first that allowed me to appreciate beans and pasta together.

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    pwalker - Jul 08

    This is a nice change up for a pasta dish. Quick and easy meal with lots of flavor. The rosemary and especially the Calabrian chili paste add a nice punch of flavor and heat. But not too much.

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