Canned tomatoes — not the seasonally sensitive fresh ones — provide the flavor here, so you can whip up this heartwarming soup any time of year. If you'd like to use an herb other than sage, either rosemary or marjoram would be a good choice.
- 7 cups canned tomatoes with their juice
- (two 28-ounce cans)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
- 2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup ditalini or other small pasta
- 2 cups drained and rinsed canned chickpeas 1 19-ounce can)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
In a food processor or blender, puree the tomatoes with their juice. Set aside.
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic.
Add the pureed tomatoes, the sage, broth, water and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and chickpeas. Bring the soup back to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley, pepper and the 1/3 cup grated Parmesan. Serve topped with additional Parmesan.
Tip: Look for high-quality canned tomatoes for this soup, such as plum tomatoes from the San Marzano region of Italy. WINE RECOMMENDATION: Italians have had two millennia to develop an incredible synergy between their wines and tomato-based cuisine. Take advantage of this experience and pair this soup with a cherry- and herb-scented Chianti Classico or Rufina.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
398 calories; 11g total fat; 7mg cholesterol; 1663mg sodium; 59g carbohydrates; 11g fiber; 18g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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