Any type of noodle - If you have scraps of several different types, put 'em all together. One pound total.
One 16oz can of Chickpeas
Buillion - I always have a jar of Better Than Buillion in my fridge and highly recommend it. For this recipe I use "No Chicken Base". Best Flavor for this dish.
If you have scraps of and Italian style hard cheese use it! I use parmesan. But have resorted to feta when that was all I had.
Some sort of pasta-type vegetable - I usually have frozen spinach at all times and usually use that. But, have resorted to mushrooms, brocolli, cauliflower.. Again - whatever you have in your fridge that might be good.
One can of diced tomatoes, rinsed.
Salt and Pepper to taste
This is my staple, end of the month, broke until payday recipe. Somehow, we always have a few cans of chickpeas and noodles laying around. If necessity breads invention then starvation breeds genius concocting. This is my best ever concoction.
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