Meatless Monday: Pastina Revisted

Did anyone lose sleep over yesterday’s missing Sneak Peek Sunday?

I didn’t think so.

I had a GREAT weekend filled with lots of friends, my SO and Lady Antebellum. I would post a video we took of the Lady A concert here, but it’s on SO’s phone. We had pit seats so we were up close and personal with the trio. It was fantastic.

And I missed a post yesterday because I was seeing Legally Blonde in downtown SD where the young girl I nannied for played a role. It was adorable and hilarious.

Anyway, we haven’t done our weekly shopping here yet, so my choices for Meatless Monday were limited. Until I read Young House Love and noticed pastina in their post. And you probably don’t remember, but I wrote a post about the beloved comfort food waaay back in 2009.

So it’s time to revisit it. Because it’s been rainy and chilly here in SoCal and pastina is one of those foods that gets you all warm and lazy.

Pastina is a tiny, star-shaped pasta. I used to only be able to find it at authentic Italian delis but now Vons sells it and has made me one happy shopper.

Isn’t it so cute?

While the final product may not look very appetizing (almost like porridge or cream of wheat) it’s so delicious. Better than chicken noodle soup. Or at least more comforting.

It’s also great because I always have the ingredients on hand. So when I’m lazy, sick or in need of something warm, this gets made.

Enjoy a taste of Italian comfort!

Classic Egg and Cheese Pastina (serves one)

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup pastina
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Fresh ground pepper
  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil in small saucepan.
  2. Add pastina and salt and cook until pastina is cooked, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in egg, letting it cook in the hot pasta

    Pour in the egg

    Stir to mix and "cook" egg

    Almost done

  4. Add butter, cheese and pepper.
  5. Savor bowl of comfort under a blanket, on the couch, with a good book.

Thanks for hanging in with me guys. I promise you an awesome recipe on Friday and next Monday!

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I am a 26-year-old journalist who loves food and blogging about it.

Posted on March 26, 2012, in Cheese, Pasta Dishes, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. how have i never heard of this before! my hubby will love this!:)

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