This simple Pastina Soup comes together in no time and is often referred to as "Italian Penicillin." It's the ultimate comfort food Italian parents and grandparents have been making for their kids for decades.
Where to buy Pastina
- Many grocery store in the Tri-State area sell Pastina AKA Stelline because of all the Italians that live here.
- Amazon: You can buy the Barilla and Ronzoni brands on Amazon using my affiliate link. These brands make extra tiny star shaped Pastina, which I love.
- Target sells the slightly larger star-shape Pastina pictured above.
How to make Pastina Soup
Making pasting soup is incredibly simple.
- Boil 4 cups of chicken broth and ½ cup of each- diced celery and onion. Add salt to taste.
- Meanwhile, boil 1 cup of pastina in lightly salted water. Then drain it through a colander and set it aside until your soup veggies are soft.
- Combine a scoop of pastina with 2 ladles full of the soup. Add grated pecorino and black pepper for extra flavor. Enjoy!
Other types of Pastina Recipes
- Pastina with Egg and Cheese. This type is thick and resembles the texture of grits.
- Pastina Stracciatella (just add an egg to your pastina soup)
- Dessert Pastina. This type is similar to a rice pudding, but with pasta instead of rice.
Pastina Soup is an Italian staple many kids eat when they're sick. It's just like chicken noodle soup, but with this fun stars as the noodle!
- 1 cup of Pastina pasta (also called Stelline)
- 4 cups of chicken broth (or 4 cups of water and 1 bullion cube)
- ½ cup diced yellow onion
- ½ cup diced celery
- 1 oz grated pecorino cheese
- black pepper and salt to taste
- Bring the chicken broth and diced onions and celery to a boil. Let it Ssimmer until the veggies are soft, about 20-25 minutes, then add salt if you think it needs it. (All chicken broths have different amounts of salt, so use your judgment!)
- Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil and cook 1 cup of pastina.
- When the pastina is cooked, drain it through a colander (or strainer, if you colander holes are too big)
- Divide pastina and broth among bowls and top each with pecorino and black pepper. Enjoy!