Easy Italian Chicken Pastina Soup is made with homemade chicken broth and tiny pasta stars. Just one bite of this cozy soup that warms the soul will bring you right back to nonna’s kitchen. A rich chicken broth made chicken wings, carrots, onions, and celery. This comforting soup is ready in an hour.
Ingredients – 2 to 3 quarts water (about 8 cups water, or as needed) – 3 ½ pounds chicken wings chopped at the joints – 1 small yellow onion peeled and left whole – 4 medium carrots peeled and cut in half – 4 medium celery stalks cleaned and cut in half – 1 teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon ground pepper – 2 bay leaves – fresh parsley – fresh dill – 1½ cups pastina pasta
You can make the broth even a couple days ahead of time. Or even earlier in the day, put the broth together. When you’re ready to serve, the pastina cooks up in just minutes (less than 10 minutes). Heat up the soup and add in the pastina. You could serve the soup with or without chicken. My kids used to love it without the chicken and with the melted soft cheese (like I was talking about above).
Any tiny pasta could be used in place of the actual pastina (AKA stelline tiny star pasta). You can use acini di peppe, alphabet pasta (the kids love that!), orzo or the anellini.
WHAT TYPES OF PASTA CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE PASTINA WITH?
Yes! If you are not cooking this for the kids, go ahead and spice it up with your favorite hot pepper or hot pepper flakes.
CAN I SPICE UP ITALIAN PASTINA SOUP?
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