Pastina is a teeny-tiny little cut of pasta that is perfect for a little toothless baby to swallow. The box that we bought was actually in the shape of little stars. Cute!!
I boiled some water, and poured about 1/4 a cup of pastina in the boiling water. It doesn’t look like much, but it actually does grow a little as it cooks. It doesn’t take long! 6-7 minutes at a rapid bowl, and you can drain it out into a bowl. I mixed 2 tablespoons of pastina into 2 table spoons of sweet potato, but you can really mix it with anything you like! Mix in a little water that it boiled in and some chicken stock, and carrots and you have yourself some baby chicken noodle soup. I think next time around I am going to add a little bit of homemade tomato sauce to give LJ the full effect of her Italian heritage.
I know I will come up with other uses for the pastina. Its a perfect “base” starch. Also, you can just make a little at a time since its always best to have fresh pasta. I boiled enough to just give LJ some lunch and dinner, mixed in with some frozen veggies. What else do you guys think we could add to it??