29 Versatile (And Delicious) Pastina Recipes
Pastina are tiny pasta shapes known for their beloved addition to Italian comfort food favorites, like soups, pasta salads and cheesy baked pasta recipes. Pasta shapes like Ditalini and Orzo were once just thought of as soup cuts, but these days, they have made their way into our hearts and a myriad of tasty Italian recipes. Whether you like to keep it simple with a bowl of buttery pastina topped with Parmesan cheese or a more elaborate Greek-inspired pasta salad, this larger-than-life list of pastina recipes is sure to inspire your next creation.
If you think healthy sounds boring, get a load of this colorful grain bowl. Featuring the beloved tiny pasta, Acini di Pepe, this recipe takes your pantry pastina to another planet with sweet and chewy dried fruit, pine nuts and an easy homemade vinaigrette dressing.
They say it’s good for the soul and we have to agree. The tiny pasta Acini di Pepe stars in this comfort food classic made healthy.
Inspired by spicy Asian cuisine, this fiery garlicky chicken and pastina recipe is sure to be an instant hit. Plus, it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal.
Pack in the protein with this pastina recipe. Shredded chicken, roasted chickpeas, avocado and crisp pine nuts make this orzo grain bowl a healthy and filling option for dinner.
You’ll want to add this pastina recipe to your dinner rotation. This salad grain bowl hybrid boasts roasted veggies and al dente Orzo pastina atop fresh mixed greens.
Shake up pasta night with this hearty pastina recipe. The herbaceous chicken meatballs and irresistible creamy butter sauce make this an unforgettable orzo dish.
Orzo is a pastina for all seasons and this summery Greek pasta salad is the proof. Ripe cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and fresh herbs pair up with buttery tart olives and a creamy Tzatziki dressing.
This one-pot pastina recipe is an incredible Italian comfort food with all the creamy pesto goodness you can dream of. Make it a quick weeknight family meal.
Beets, savory pancetta, smoky-sweet caramelized onions… just try to find another pastina recipe with this much flavor. We top it off with Parmesan cheese and toasted pine nuts.
You’ll be the talk of the picnic with this pastina recipe. This creamy dreamy macaroni salad recipe features the tiny pasta Ditalini in a pesto and Parmesan cheese dressing.