In many Italian households children are first introduced to pasta by way of pastina. Pastina literally means “little pasta”. Today you can find shapes of many different forms, from tiny dots to stars, alphabets, and many more.
My own kids grew up with pastina, simply made with a little butter, and grated cheese. To this day it’s the kind of comfort food that they still crave every once in a while, and so do I!
When I first saw this recipe in Michael Chiarello’s cookbook…The Tra Vigne… All my fond memories of pastina came rushing back. I just had to make this! Tiny pastina cooked in a warm broth flavored with onion, & thyme. Adding to that, creamy parmesan cheese, and roasted butternut squash! I can barely describe how good this is, it almost didn’t make it to the table, you will be tempted to eat it right over the stove with a spoon!
FOR THE PASTINA: