The Best Pasta Topping Besides Cheese? More Pasta, But Fried.

A plate of wide pasta topped with fried pasta and chickpeas.
Ciceri e tria at Le Zie Trattoria Casereccia in Lecce, Puglia. Photos: Sara Cagle

Each soft strand, whose thickness falls somewhere between tagliatelle and pappardelle depending on the cook, is like absorbent silk that swipes up the velvety chickpea sauce.

Fried pasta on a paper towel.
Fried pasta on a paper towel.
Freshly fried frizzuli

Ciceri e Tria


For the chickpeas

For the pasta

For the fried pasta


Prepare the chickpeas

Prepare the pasta

Prepare the fried pasta


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