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Italian Pastina Soup Recipe (Pastina en Brodo)

Comforting and healing this Italian Pastina Soup Recipe (with Chicken broth), or Pastina en brodo, is just what the doctor ordered when you are feeling a little under the weather. This pastina soup is made with wholesome ingredients and a homemade chicken broth.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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Pastina Soup Ingredients

  • 1.5- 2 cups pastina pasta (depends on the ratio you like for pasta to the broth)
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock (vegetable broth or stock)
  • Freshly ground pepper (optional), for serving
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (optional), for serving)
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, for serving

Homemade Chicken Broth

  • 1 cooked whole chicken carcass, skin and meat removed
  • 1 whole onion, cut in half outer layer removed
  • 1 large carrot, whole or cut in half
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut in half
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (add other favorite fresh herbs)
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, or to taste
  • Water


Homemade Chicken Broth

  1. Place all chicken broth ingredients in a large pot, soup kettle, or Dutch oven. Cover with water just enough so all ingredients are submerged. Bring to a boil on high heat. Let boil for a few minutes then reduce heat until it is just at a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours, skimming foam from top as necessary.
  2. Strain broth through a colander, or sieve. Discard the vegetables and herbs.

Pastina Soup 

  1. Bring 6 cups of homemade chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add the pastina pasta and boil for 3-4 minutes or until al dente (according to package instructions).
  3. Serve with freshly grated parmigano cheese and freshly ground black pepper, and/or a good drizzle of olive oil if desired. Serve with Easy Soft Italian No Knead Bread


  • If you can, make your own broth for the pastina soup. It makes a rich and nutritious base for this simple soup recipe.

  • You can easily freeze the chicken broth, but I don't recommend freezing the leftover cooked pasta in the broth.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (3 hours if making homemade broth)
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: chicken broth, pastina, soup, Italian pastina soup, Italian recipe