Simple & Satisfying
Seriously, it's 3 ingredients - tiny pasta (pastina), bouillon, and butter. Ok, it has water too so that is actually 4 ingredients altogether. When I was a little girl, a visit to Nonna's house always meant that the special pink bowl would come out of the cupboard and that it would be time for pastina. It was something I always looked forward to and there was always room for one little bowl. It is still the ultimate comfort food and even now, my children head to Nonna's knowing that there is always room for pastina.
My favorite shape is the star but it has become harder to find...an all time favorite with the kids tend to be the alphabets. The key is to find one that you like to use. Ronzoni and Barilla both have their versions. Simply half a cup of pastina to 1 cup of boiling water, add one bouillon cube (we like chicken) then simply cook til tender. It takes about 10 minutes - tops! Add a bit of butter to the top and eat. Sometimes, we like to add a bit of Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Kids love this and so do adults.