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Pasta and Chick Pea Soup with Clams
Pasta and Chick Pea Soup with Clams
(Pasta e Ceci con Le Vongole)
1 cup dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas; about 7 ounces)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
1 6-inch-long fresh rosemary sprig
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1 and 3/4 pounds small clams (such as Manila)
1 cup ditalini or other short hollow pasta (about 5 ounces)
Place garbanzo beans in medium bowl.

Pour enough cold water over to cover; let soak at room temperature overnight.


Place garbanzo beans in large saucepan; add enough fresh water to cover.

Boil 15 minutes.


Return garbanzo beans to pan; add 4 cups water, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, rosemary sprig, and crushed red pepper.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until beans are tender, adding more water as needed by 1/2 cupfuls, about 2 hours.

Discard rosemary sprig.

Transfer 1 cup garbanzo bean mixture to processor and puree until smooth; return to mixture in saucepan.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add remaining garlic clove; saute until golden, about 2 minutes.

Add clams and 1/4 cup water; cover and cook until clams open, about 5 minutes (discard garlic and any clams that do not open).

Cool clams slightly; reserve pan juices.

Working over bowl to catch juices, remove clams from shells; discard shells.

Strain pan juices and clam juice from bowl into garbanzo bean mixture, then add 3 and 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil.

Add pasta and cook until pasta is 'al dente', adding more water if soup is too thick and stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Stir in clams.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve. Makes 4 servings.
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