Monday, June 22, 2009

Pastina: Comfort in a Bowl

This is a "souped" up version of an Italian comfort soup. When you are sick it is the most comforting. We had it quite a bit growing up. When we were sick and when we were not. It was always a welcome food. When I made this, my husband came home and saw it on the table. He said, "that's not what I think it is, is it?" It had been way too long since I made it. Usually it does not have carrots or green onions but I wanted a little color.

Ancini de Pepe Soup or Pastina

1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup ancini de pepe
1 carrot shredded
2 green onions sliced
2 eggs, beaten

Saute garlic in oil in a soup pot. Add broth when garlic softens. Bring to a boil. Add ancini de pepe. Boil until the pasta is tender. Add carrots, cook a couple minutes more. When it is boiling again use a fork, stir the soup, adding the egg in a steady, thin stream. The egg will form ribbons. Serve with pecorino romano or parmesan cheese grated over top and if you so desire a sprinkling of green onions or chives.


Chow and Chatter said...

yum i feed pastina to my baby!

Mary said...

This is really a great deal like an egg flower soup. I love pastina!

Lori said...

Chow and chatter- a very wonderful thing for a baby. I used to feed it to my daughters as well. You always feel so good when you give babies good, nutritious food.

Mary- it is a lot like egg flower soup.

Lucy said...
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Lucy said...

This is a favorite soup in my home as well. It's so comforting, and w/the weather here, it's been feeling like rainy October, this would be perfect!!

kat said...

Oh, that does sound like it would cure whatever ails you

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Reminds me a bit of a Chinese soup my mom used to make me when I was little. It also had eggs stirred into it just like this and had corn in it. :)

knitalot3 said...

Would adding celery when you are cooking the garlic be wrong? Or a little napa cabbage?

Haha! My word verification is "ovens"