Pastina (Little Pasta)
It’s official…we’ve got the crud. I can aways tell when school is in full swing and we’re getting settled into our groove because about 6 to 8 weeks in, everyone starts falling ill. My youngest came home not feeling so great and within 12 hours I was joining her on the couch for marathons of Netflix, mountains of tissues, and mugs of hot tea.
Usually, a bowl of chicken soup sounds absolutely magical, but I stumbled across a recipe for Pastina or “Little Pasta”, which was described as the Italian Grandmother’s Cure-All. We were definitely in a place where we welcomed anything that sounded like a cure, so we quickly pulled together the ingredients and gave it a try.
YUM! Are we ever glad we gave this recipe a go! It was warm, creamy, cheesy, comforting, and exactly what the doctor ordered. It also uses just one pan, needs NO draining and you can have it on the table in less than 10 minutes. Music to our feverish ears.
Give this recipe a try when you’re looking for something fast and comforting, or when you’re craving something cheesy and delicious. Since it doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, use the best ones you can (I splurged on some Irish grass-fed butter—game changer!). I hope it heals and soothes you as much as it did for us.
1 cup Chicken Stock
1/4 cup Orzo or other Tiny Pasta
1 Egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tablespoon Butter
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
Place the chicken stock in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the stock is boiling, pour in the orzo or other small pasta, and cook until the broth is almost completely evaporated.
Remove the pan from the heat and quickly stir in the beaten egg with a silicone spatula. The heat from the pasta will thoroughly cook the egg, leaving it dreamy and delicious. Stir in the cheese, butter, and season with black pepper and salt, if needed.
Serve immediately, sprinkled with extra parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. This recipe doubles or triples easily, just in case you find yourself needing to cure more that two people. Enjoy, and if you’re sick, feel better!
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