Wednesday, February 28 2024

Whenever the recipe for making pastina appears on my blog, I get comments from Americans that pastina only matches the little stars.

I try to clarify once and for all.


Here in Italy by “pastina” we mean all those tiny pasta shapes.

 

 

Pastina is undoubtedly one of the ideal foods to face the cold season, as useful for warming the body as it is for giving it the right nutrients without sacrificing taste.

In Italy we can find numerous types of pastina that can be prepared in different ways.

The most popular types of pastina are: star-shaped (perfect for children), cylindrical-shaped, shell-shaped, butterfly-shaped, or square-shaped.

Pastina is undoubtedly one of the ideal foods to face the cold season, as useful for warming the body as it is for giving it the right nutrients without sacrificing taste.

In Italy we can find numerous types of pastina that can be prepared in different ways.

The most popular types of pastina are: star-shaped (perfect for children), cylindrical-shaped, shell-shaped, butterfly-shaped, or square-shaped.

Pastina, as mentioned earlier, comes in various sizes.

Have you ever wondered what the most popular formats of pastina are?

If you are looking for the most suitable format for your children, star-shaped pasta is the ideal one.

With its fun shape, it will definitely put them at ease and make dinner enjoyable and imaginative.

 

Thimbles and ditaloni are very similar: both come in a short, cylindrical shape, the difference being that the former are a little smaller than the latter.

There are rigati ditaloni (which have streaks on the surface), while the classic ones are smooth.

 

These pasta shapes are great used in soups or served in broth, but equally good with hearty sauce.

 

How long should the pastina cook?

The cooking time of the pastina varies according to its size and format. The cooking time is indicated on the package and can normally range from 5 minutes for smaller sizes, up to 12 minutes for larger sizes such as, for example, square thimbles.

 

How can pastina be eaten?

Traditionally, pastina is eaten with meat or vegetable broth and a sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; it makes an excellent winter first course that is great for warming up.

To increase the protein quota, you can also add cooked egg yolk inside the broth, or melted cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

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