Friday, February 10, 2012

Mediterranean Chick Pea, Tomato and Pasta Soup

How's that title for a mouth full? Love that this recipe calls for all pantry items and when bloggy buddy Carmie posted it I knew I had to try it. The recipe said it was ok to sub beans and judging by the number of cans I had on the shelf, I must like black beans... a lot!
This is different for me because it calls for cinnamon. Now, cinnamon is a beautiful thing in apple pie, 
not so much in other dishes for me. So I decided to cut back to 1/16th of a tsp. I could still smell and taste it and it added a unique, very nice flavor to the soup. 
Since Carmie mentioned it turns into more of a stew as written I cut the pasta back to 1/4 C, she simply adds an extra can of chicken broth to hers, it's your call...
One last thing, I think it needs a little salt and chose to add that in the form of some chicken base.
I took a bowl for lunch and the girl I work with said it smelled "wonderful":@)

Mediterranean Chick Pea Tomato and Pasta Soup
2 tsp olive oil
1 C onion, diced
1 1/2 C water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 (15.75oz) can chicken broth
1 (15oz) can chick peas (or beans) drained and rinsed
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 C ditalini, very short tube shaped pasta
2 Tblsp fresh parsley, chopped-I used a sprinkle of some I dried over the summer.
  1. Heat oil in large sauce pan and add onion. Saute for about 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add everything else except pasta and parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add pasta and cook for 9 minutes. Stir in parsley and enjoy.
Have a happy day:@)

19 comments:

  1. It looks warm and tastey. Since I'm a big old pig, I think I would make it stewish. I feel the same way about nutmeg that you did about the cinnamon. Periodically, I see it in a recipe and think "huh? In that?".

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  2. I feel the same about black beans and include them anywhere I can. Good looking soup:)

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  3. Nice hearty soup for this cold snap we are having!

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  4. Looks like a very delicious and filling soup for this cold winter's day we are having here, I would love a big bowl of it.

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  5. I have masses of tins of chick peas in my cupboard, now I know a different recipe to help use them up. Thanks Diane

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  6. Somehow I ended up with a lot of black beans in my pantry too!

    It looks yummy! I'm going to try this soup today since I have everything on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. i love soups
    this looks yummy
    it reminds me of
    Italian Wedding Soup :D
    ~victoria~

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  8. Right up my alley. As for the cinnamon it is a great spice for savory dishes.
    Amazing sprinkled on a roasting chicken along with the the paprika, pepper, salt etc. that one would normally use.

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  9. Well it sure does look pretty, love soups.

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  10. My mouth is watering and I can almost smell it now! I have been sneaking cinnamon into several things lately for the health benefits and have been pleasanly surprised at the results...Have a great weekend! xo

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  11. I don't like chick peas but when I looked and saw you used black beans...yum I like it! Looks good and easy. Thanks for always giving us such great recipes! hugs, Linda

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  12. This sounds great Lynn! We are not used to those "exotic" spices but it is a nice change of pace!

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  13. I love adding a little cumin and cinnamon {or even nutmeg} to a stew...it changes the taste up drastically and you have a whole new recipe! I am going to try making this this weekend! Thanks so much...love Carmie!

    XO,
    Jane

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  14. Mmmm another yummy soup recipe that you shared! Thank you!! It sounds wonderful.

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  15. So glad you tried the recipe. It really is such a fragrant soup.

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  16. Lynn, this looks like a stick to the ribs kind of meal which I enjoy. I think the cinnamon and nutmeg controversy which you started ( heehee ) is merely a matter of individual taste. Usually those spices are used in extremely small quantities and are meant only to give a hint of their flavor. I find that leaving one or the other out of a recipe doesn't ruin it but adding that small amount adds mystery to the dish. Cinnamon is supposed to be good for your health so it won't hurt to add a little just in case.......
    Shannon

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  17. I'm shy of the cinnamon as well. But it looks so yummy and healthy!

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  18. My husband refuses to eat chick peas so I'm glad you noted you can substitute beans. I like the fact that this has no meat. We need to eat some meatless meals. Nothing like hot soup on these gray, cold days!

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  19. I don't even know what chick peas are. Am I sheltered or what?? :))
    Sounds good.
    xo bj

    P.s. I am playing catch up with your posts. I have been doing a lot of grandmother things and not on my computer as much. :))

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