29 Versatile (And Delicious) Pastina Recipes

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.

Acini di Pepe

Healthy and delicious collide in this all-star grain bowl made with fragrant basil pesto, Calamata olives, microgreens, Parmesan Cheese and the small but mighty Acini di Pepe.

Loaded with healthy greens and veggies, this bowl of pastina owes its big flavors to sweet sun-dried tomatoes and tart-and-briny olive tapenade. This grain bowl is as good as it is good for you.

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.

Nobody has to get married to enjoy this Italian pastina favorite. Italian Wedding Soup is everything you love about Chicken Noodle Soup, but with a heart, more filling flair. Who can resist mini meatballs?


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.

Silky tender mushrooms and crisp asparagus give this pastina bowl a tasty contrast of textures bursting with earthy bright flavor. It’s perfect for lunch or a healthy dinner.

Some recipes you have to try to believe. This is one of them. The small but mighty Orzo stars alongside fresh summer produce in this show-stealing pesto pasta masterpiece.

If you’re looking for a way to use up that summer zucchini, this creamy, cheesy pastina recipe should be at the top of the list. Serve it up for lunch or a hearty side dish.

A DeLallo fan favorite, this classic cold Orzo pasta salad brings together all the bold, bright flavors of your favorite Greek ingredients. This pastina recipe is sure to perk up any picnic.

Bold Greek flavors and the beloved Orzo pastina turn this baked chicken recipe into an unforgettable dinner. Everyone in the family is going to love this one.

Sweet green peas, earthy mushrooms and creamy cheeses come together in this savory baked pastina recipe. We know you’ll love it.

This grown-up Mac ‘n Cheese recipe features nutty, slightly sweet Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil. Think of it as a stand-in for a rice or risotto side dish.

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.

For a new chicken soup recipe that will fill you up, create a pot of Lemon Chicken Soup. Fresh veggies, shredded chicken and tiny pasta with a kiss of sunny citrus are sure to brighten up any winter day.

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.

Don’t let your soup routine get boring. This chicken and tomato soup features tiny pasta, Parmesan cheese and a fragrant basil topping—a savory, hearty way to warm up.

Orzo takes on seafood pasta in this epic pastina recipe with seared scallops, sweet corn, sun-dried tomatoes, fragrant basil pesto and creamy mascarpone cheese.

This fresh pastina recipe is the perfect summer treat. Starring sweet summer corn, our famous Italian Tomato Bruschetta and the tiny pasta Orzo, this easy weeknight pasta is a great Meatless Monday recipe idea.

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.

Pastina makes its holiday appearance in this colorful Orzo Stuffing recipe. Create a new tradition with this pastina stuffing dish.


A classic Italian comfort food, Pasta Fagioli is a staple winter vegetable soup. Ditalini are tiny pasta tubes perfect for capturing all those veggies.

Craving a new soup recipe for your cold-weather menu? This hearty homemade tomato soup is everything.

A fan favorite, this brothy bean soup stars tender cannellini beans and Ditalini pasta and gets a lift from herbaceous basil pesto.

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.

This pastina recipe will have you nostalgic for that can of ring pasta. But leave those for the kiddos and give your easy pasta an upgrade with this Ditalini recipe.