Easy Pastina Recipe (Creamy, Cheesy Comfort Food)

Pastina is the ultimate comfort food! Made with chicken broth, parmesan cheese, and butter … this tiny star-shaped pasta dish is cooked risotto-style to perfection in under 15 minutes. It is simple, delicious, and nicknamed “Italian Penicillin” for its healing, comforting nature. The perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket for a sick day!


  • 1 cup dry pastina pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 23 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Add the pastina and chicken broth to a small pot or saucepan.  Bring to a gentle boil and stir often until the pasta is cooked to your liking and the chicken broth is almost all absorbed.
  2. Turn the heat to low and add in the freshly grated parmesan cheese, salted butter, and fresh garlic. Stir for a few minutes until thoroughly combined and the cheese is melted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. You can also add extra chicken broth here for a saucier consistency. Make sure to mince the garlic finely and let cook thoroughly, so it does not overpower the dish.
  3. Serve and enjoy! I like to add extra butter and parmesan cheese on top.

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