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Italian Pastina

Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family’s go-to meal when you’re feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.

Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family's go-to meal when you're feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up. 

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When I was a little girl and caught a cold, the only thing I can remember wanting to eat was Pastina. It’s probably the simplest recipe will ever make, but for some reason it always made me feel warm inside.

Pastina

To this day, my kids crave the same thing when they’re sick. We can go for months without making it all, but once the first sign of a cold hits, they are rummaging through the pantry to look for pastina to make.

In fact, when they were just starting to eat solid foods, I’d combine creamed spinach with the pastina too. I remember their day care aides commenting on how good it smelled when they would heat up their lunches since I always made them from scratch.

Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family's go-to meal when you're feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.Pastina is probably the smallest type of pasta you can buy and it looks like little stars. Maybe that’s why my kids, nieces and nephews all wanted the same thing when they were sick because they were “cute” little pasta shapes.

 

Who knows, but no matter hold old they get, they still look for this comforting recipe when they’re ill. I first posted this recipe back in 2012 and I can’t count the number of times I’ve made Pastina since then, but never took another picture of it until now when I was looking for some old meatless recipes to share for Ash Wednesday and this one popped up.

Pastina

Luckily, I had a box in my pantry, so I got up from my computer, made some Pastina and took a quick picture so I can share this recipe with you again. To make this recipe, you’ll need pastina pasta, chicken bouillon cube (I like using this better than chicken stock for this recipe), water and whipped butter.

Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family's go-to meal when you're feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.

Start by bringing the water and bouillon cube to a boil in a small saucepan. Next, add the pastina and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated. Finally, add the butter (which makes it really creamy!) and serve.

This recipe makes two cups, takes about ten minutes from start to finish and provides hours worth of smiles. ~Enjoy!

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Pastina
Pastina

Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family's go-to meal when you're feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.

Course: Main Entree
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1 cube Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 c. Pastina
  • 1 tbsp. Whipped Butter
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and bouillon cube to a boil in a small saucepan. 

  2. Next, add the pastina and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated; then add the butter. Serve hot. 

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Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family's go-to meal when you're feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.

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*Originally shared February 2012/Updated March 2019


6 Comments

  1. Carrie - ASassyRedhead.com
    February 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of this. And where have I been? Because with this low level of expertise on making it, it should be right up my alley.

  2. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    February 20, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Oh Carrie, you can definitely do this! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    February 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    We always had this as kids and my children still eat it and love it as do I. It is a great easy to make item.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      It is so easy and tasty. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Mama J
    December 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    This is new to me and I am so excited to try it!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      December 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      My kids just love it!

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