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CECI STUFATI ( stewed chickpeas)

Beans and greens,what a perfect marriage!! And if you like chickpeas and a little heat, I’m certain you will like this. I actually used dried beans this time and I have to say I liked it better. It’s easy if you prepare them in advance. The other night before I went to bed, I put them in a pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches, and let them soak overnight. When morning came I drained them, and when I was ready to cook them, I covered them with enough water to cover 1 inch. Let water come to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 1 1/2 hrs.

In another pot, saute some garlic and onions in olive oil, along with red chile flakes. Cook for about 5 mins. then add drained beans and about a cup of water, salt and pepper. Cook about another half hour till all the flavors blend, then add some roughly chopped Swiss chard. Cook till wilted. Taste for more salt or pepper, and give it an extra drizzle of olive oil.

This is simple food, with great flavor!!!

Buon Appetito!

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  1. This is brilliant. I adore beans and greens together.

  2. Chickpeas are total comfort food for me.
    My mother would make pasta with beans (fazool!) every Friday when I was growing up.

  3. Really looks delicious. I have just about all those ingredients. I hope to give it a try!

  4. I’m adding chickpeas to my grocery list! Just this morning Alfredo was telling me that Gianluca (our son) needed to eat more beans. (Why? Honestly, I have no idea. Just said “good idea”) Your timing couldn’t be better!

    Also, chickpeas lower cholesterol. Who knew!

    Grazie mille!

  5. ok Marie I think it’s about time you invited me over to dinner!! I’ll bring the wine:) This looks delicious, perfect with a nice fillet steak!!

  6. love the ingredients in sauce

  7. Marie…I have nominated you for an award over at my site. No it is not as Oscar…but it is well deserved 😀

  8. LOVE this dish concept! Can’t wait to try it out!

  9. a high protein and iron dish. Healthy food never got tastier ! would absolutely love to make this.

  10. Peter, You got that right!

    Val, Isn’t it funny how we change our tastes as we get older?

    Rowena, it is a good side dish!

    Maryann,We sure do!!

    Glamah, You mean lupini beans? The kind where you squeeze the skin off?

    Kalyn,It really was very easy, its all about remembering to soak them overnight.

    Happy Cook, You’re exactly right!

    Kevin, You’re going to love it!

    Mike, Hi and welcome! Why don’t you send me an e-mail and I will try to get that info for you. I belong to an Italian club with many friends who might know this recipe. My e-mail is on this blog.

  11. Divine! Love this page!!!!

    I must ask for your help. From the age of 8 to 12 I had the wonderful opportunity to leave in the countryside outside Naples. My neighbors, who rented a vineyard, grew tomatoes, too. Every fall, we had a weekend set aside to bottle(can) the tomato crop. These were the best tasting bottled tomatoes I have ever had in pasta and pizza, I have spent a lifetime searching for a replacement, but have not been so lucky. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the recipe. Would you know anyone from the old country who lived this tomato bottling experience and would be willing to share the recipe? I remember very little being so young, now 50. Thank you.

  12. This sounds nice and simple and tasty. I normally use canned beans and I have been wanting to try using dried to compare them.

  13. Delicious. True about you saying chick pea is so easy to cook. Only thing you have to remember to soak them overnight.

  14. I love this dish! I’ve been meaning to try cooking my own chickpeas because of course I know they’ll be better!

  15. I’ve been doing a lot of bean dishes lately. This is great. Yesterday I purchased a jar of Luponi(?) beans and thought of you when I added them to my tuna on a bed of greens with some capers, lemon, herbs, etc.

  16. This is a nice dish, Marie. Well done! As Rowena said, the greens make it. We love our edible weeds and greens 🙂

  17. I like how you’ve added a touch of green with the addition of swiss chard. What a perfect side dish to with the main meal!

  18. When I was young chickpeas, mushrooms and blue cheese were not on my plate if I could help it. Now that I am older I can’t get enough of any of these things. The fagioli dish sounds amazing with nice fresh ingredients and pure flavours 😀

  19. It’s simply Mediterranean and as alaways, olive oil for moppin’ up!

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