Have You Ever Heard of Pastina?

Bowl of pastina salad
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In the realm of pasta, there’s a hidden gem that often flies under the radar—pastina (literally meaning “little pasta” in ‘Italien). It’s tiny, but extremely promising.

So, what exactly is pastina? Tiny, bead-like pasta shapes that are perfect for soups, broths, and even creamy risottos. From tiny stars to small round balls, pastina comes in various shapes and sizes, each offering its own unique texture and flavor.

Go Small or Go Home

One of the best things about pastina is its quick cooking time, making it ideal for busy weeknight dinners or comforting bowls of soup on cold evenings. Whether you’re craving a classic chicken noodle soup or a rich minestrone, pastina is the perfect addition to your recipe.

Pasta for Dessert

One of the cool things about pastina is, it isn’t just limited to savory dishes. Pastina also shines in sweet treats, and one of the popular ways of making it is by cooking it with milk and sugar. With its ability to absorb flavors and add a satisfying texture, it’s somewhat of a culinary chameleon.

On your next visit to the supermarket, look for pastina when you reach the pasta aisle! Give it a try and prepare to be pleasantly surprised by its deliciously versatile nature.