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pastina soup on spoon

Pastina Soup

  • Author: Gianna Nebbia
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4


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)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 oz grated pecorino cheese
  • black pepper and salt to taste


  1. 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!)
  2. Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil and cook 1 cup of pastina.
  3. When the pastina is cooked, drain it through a colander (or strainer, if you colander holes are too big)
  4. Divide pastina and broth among bowls and top each with pecorino and black pepper. Enjoy!

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