Pasta e Ceci

Pasta e Ceci - Libellula
Hearty and filling, pasta e ceci is a traditional winter dish. It originates from the tradition of “cucina povera” cooking, literally meaning “poor cooking.”

Cucina povera dishes were created by Italian peasants who could only afford simple ingredients to cook with. These dishes were also often meant to use up ingredients that had started to go bad so as not to let any food go to waste.

Another cucina povera dish you’re probably familiar with is bruschetta. Italian peasants would take their several days-old bread, slice it up, and add fresh tomatoes and olive oil. The loaf of bread that would have been thrown away by more wealthy Italians would give the peasants’ bruschetta a lovely crunch (which these days we evoke by toasting our bread)!

Besides requiring a few staple ingredients, pasta e ceci also only requires one pot. We hope with each bite you taste the Italian history, tradition, and love poured into this dish!

– Julia & Camillo

 

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