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Creamy Italian Pastina

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creamy italian pastina Home cooking at its best. It’s incredibly rich and full of buttery cheese flavor. This cozy pasta dish is made in less than 10 minutes with tender pastina cooked in chicken broth and finished with an egg and fresh Parmesan cheese.

Pastina is served on a white plate topped with black pepper and parmesan cheese.

Classic Italian pastina with eggs and parmesan cheese

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a recommended recipe for pastina pasta, which is creamy and full of cheese. On days when you want something like a hug in your bowl, this recipe will always come in handy. There’s a reason Pastina is an Italian favorite comfort food.

This Italian-inspired recipe is like carbonara-style pasta and risotto cooked in chicken broth and finished with eggs and grated parmesan cheese. summarized in recipes. My Italian mother-in-law used to make this for her husband growing up, so the tradition continues. It’s so easy and fast! Just a few readily available ingredients and a quick simmer on the stovetop. Easy and comfortable to use whenever you need it most.

An overhead view of pastina served on a white plate topped with black pepper and parmesan cheese.

What is pastina?

in Italian Pastina Literally translates to “small pasta”.is sometimes called Assini de Pepe (“pepper seeds”) too. It is the smallest type of pasta, consisting of crispy noodles made from eggs and flour. Shapes vary from tiny stars to tiny round granules pictured here.

As a dish, pastina is known as a popular comfort food in Italy and is made when one is unwell in one way or another. You’ll find it easy to incorporate into the rich, warm flavor of this recipe.

Ingredients for homemade Italian Pastina.

Things necessary

The real beauty of homemade pastina lies in its cheap and basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this simpler version with Parmesan cheese.

  • Pastina: This is the classic small Italian pasta that makes up this recipe. Barilla makes noteworthy boxed pastinas alongside other types of pasta at major grocery stores.
  • Chicken broth: I like to cook with reduced-sodium chicken broth.
  • Butter and eggs: Butter and whisked eggs add richness and a creamy finish to this classic pastina recipe. Bring the eggs to room temperature beforehand.
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated is best. Stir it over pasta, but you can also use leftovers to sprinkle on top.Another hard Italian cheese like pecorino works well, too.
  • Black pepper: Freshly ground black pepper adds aroma and a faint spiciness.

How to make creamy pastina

Make a heart-warming pastina pot in less than 10 minutes! It’s a simple two step process.

  • Cook the pasta: Place the box of pastina pasta into the pot with the soup. Bring the pasta to a boil and cook for 6-7 minutes until the pasta is al dente and the broth is well absorbed.
  • Finish and serve: Remove the pan from the heat (very important! You don’t want the eggs scrambled) and stir in the eggs, butter and grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the creamy pasta generously with black pepper. A healthy, quick and easy pastina ready to eat.

Tips for success

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind while creating this favorite Italian pasta recipe.

  • Cook the pastina in the broth. Water technically works, but it does nothing like soup to impart flavor to these little pieces of pasta! If you plan to boil the pasta in water, salt the water first.
  • What should I use instead of pastina? Depending on where you live, pastina pasta can be difficult to find in stores. Order online, check with your local Italian deli (if you have one), or if you’re really stuck, use another smaller form of pasta like orzo instead.
Close up of creamy pastina pasta in a pan.

Ideas for variations

This pastina recipe is so simple that it’s very popular!

  • Garnish: Garnish the pasta with chopped parsley, thyme leaves, or red pepper flakes, along with Parmesan cheese and pepper.
  • Vegetarian Pastina: Vegetable soup instead of chicken broth. You can stir in extra butter if you don’t eat eggs.
  • Add Protein: Add protein, such as leftover cooked chicken or turkey shreds, crispy bacon or pancetta, or cooked ground beef.
  • Add vegetables: You can stir the diced and cooked vegetables into the pastina. Good options are sautéed or roasted zucchini, broccoli, peas, mushrooms, or asparagus.
Two servings of pastina on a white plate next to a pot of pastina pasta.

serving suggestions

This recipe is pure comfort on its own. Curl up on the couch with a glass of pastina is like the Italian answer to a mug of hot cocoa. Mood = quick lift. But for more comfort, serve the creamy pastina with crisp French bread or homemade stuffed garlic bread.

If you want to turn pastina into a meal, make this simple pasta dish a satisfying accompaniment to meat entrees such as Instant Pot Short Ribs or Stuffed Caprese Chicken. Serve with a vegetable side such as roasted or sautéed broccoli or air-fried asparagus.

Storing and reheating leftovers

Leftover pastina can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.reheat some pot Cook on the stovetop or in the microwave with a little broth (or water) to give the pasta more texture.

Can you freeze pastina?

yes! When the pasta has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight freezer-safe container or freezer bag. Freeze pastinas for up to 1 month, then slowly reheat on the stove or in the microwave.


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creamy italian pastina It’s a quick, comforting pasta dish full of rich, buttery cheese flavors, finished with eggs and fresh parmesan. The very definition of comfort food!

  • 1 (12 oz) Box Pastina
  • 4 cups chicken soup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large eggs, room temperature, whisk
  • 1/4 cup Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place 4 cups of broth and a box of pastina in a 3-quart saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until broth is absorbed and pastina is al dente, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the butter, eggs and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Season generously with pepper and serve immediately.


  • You can store it tightly in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in microwave or stovetop. Add a little broth or water to loosen the pasta before heating.

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