In Italy they are called ceci, and in the US they’re known as chickpeas, but anyone in the world can agree to call them delicious! Round and plump, chickpeas have been a staple of Mediterranean diets for millenia. They have a soft, creamy interior, which makes them ideal for making dips, like hummus, or adding tender mouthfeel to soups and stews.
What can I make with chickpeas?
Excellent hot or cold, chickpeas are a satisfying way to start a meal. Ceci beans can add hardiness to soups and salads, making them feel more like a main meal than a side dish. One favorite recipe is pasta e ceci, which combines chickpeas with ditalini pasta. Blend chickpeas with garlic, tahini, and extra virgin olive oil to make fresh hummus that will be a delight with crudite, as well as Moroccan tagines and rice dishes.