- Miso paste: Here miso paste adds bold umami flavor in lieu of traditional pancetta.
- Pasta: Substitute by weight, not volume.
- To make soy-free: Omit miso paste.
- To make vegan: Use vegetable broth and omit the cheese.
- Chop carrots, celery and onion up to 5 days in advance
- Pre-measure other ingredients pasta, miso paste, rosemary, etc.
Involving little ones can decrease picky eating and increase appetite and willingness to try new foods. Here are a few ways they can help:
- Toddlers: Peel garlic; add celery, carrots and onion to a cool pot; measure the pasta & miso paste; add the pasta (closely supervised of course!)
- Little Kids: Peel the carrots, open canned garbanzo beans and diced tomatoes; whisk in miso, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, and broth;
- Big Kids: All of the above + chopping celery, carrots, onions; dicing garlic
This Pasta e Ceci can be frozen, but it’s best to separate the portion you want to freeze before adding the pasta to prevent it from getting overly mushy.
- To freeze: Make a double batch and ladle out half just before adding the pasta. Allow it to cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
- To reheat: Defrost overnight in the refrigerator. To reheat, bring the soup to a full boil, add the pasta and cook pasta to desired doneness.
Nutrition calculated without the optional miso paste, though it’s highly recommended.