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Nonna-Approved Italian Pastina Soup

Italian Pastina Soup being scooped up with a spoon
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Yields
4 servings

Chicken noodle soup lovers, say hello to pastina soup, the Italian equivalent of the beloved comfort food. Perfect for cold and flu season, this Italian-inspired soup comes together in under an hour. Its simple, soothing flavours and playful star-shaped pasta are an Italian childhood favourite. Whether you grew up slurping hot bowls of pastina or you’re new to the comforting soup, it’s a nonna-approved classic that’ll surely be part of your rotation this winter.

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ingredients

2
Tbsp olive oil
1
medium onion, finely chopped
2
stalks of celery, finely chopped
1
carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2
cloves of garlic, smashed
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
6
cups chicken stock, homemade or store bought
1
Parmesan rind (optional)
1
chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1
cup pastina pasta
Parmesan, for serving
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directions

Step 1

In a large pot over medium heat add the olive oil, onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until softened, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Pastina ingredients in a large pot
Step 2

Add the chicken stock and parmesan rind. Bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle simmer.

A large pot of pastina soup
Step 3

Stir in the chicken and cover with a lid. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Just before serving, add the pastina and cook to al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. If you are making the soup in advance, do not add the pastina until you are ready to serve.

A large pot of pastina soup
Step 5

Transfer to a soup bowl and garnish with parmesan cheese.

Pastina soup, ready to serve

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