30 Minute Comforting Pastina

This 30 Minute Comforting Pastina is the best dinner dish to make when you're feeling under the weather

I started the year off sick and this 30 Minute Comforting Pastina is the only thing I was craving! Aside from Pastina going viral years ago it’s also one of my favorite childhood recipes that I’ve tweaked over the years. Everyone has a different way of doing it – you can keep it simple without adding any veggies, adjust the broth ratio based on preference, and omit the lemon but this is the way I personally love it most. It’s so simple, packed with flavor, and is essentially a big hug in a bowl. Hope you love it!

Here’s a video of exactly how I made my 30 Minute Comforting Pastina! For another delicious dish, check out my Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 2 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

+ 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter

+ ½ cup carrots, finely diced

+ ½ cup celery, finely diced

+ 6 cups chicken broth (homemade or store bought)

+ Parmesan rind (optional)

+ 1 ¼ cup pastina

+ ¼ cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano plus lots more to top

+ Juice of 1 small lemon to top (about 2 tbsp.)

+ Salt and pepper to taste

+ Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)


1. Heat a medium sized pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, carrot, celery , salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes or until slightly softened.

2. Add chicken stock and parmesan rind and bring to a low boil, and let simmer for 5-8 minutes or until veggies are tender.

3. Add pastina and cook according to package instructions, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

4. Once the pastina is cooked, remove from heat and add butter and parmesan then stir to combine. Serve and top with a squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of olive oil and additional parmesan. Enjoy!

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