Children’s Soup with Pastina

Minestrina dei Bambini

In Italy this is traditionally a soup which is made for small children and people who are recovering from being sick and do not feel up to a regular meal. It is a very good soup and wonderfully comforting and revitalizing even for perfectly healthy people. Since the broth is really the principal component of this soup, if at all possible, use a homemade meat broth.

Total Time from Start to Finish: 15 minutes


  • 5 cups homemade meat broth or 1 beef and 1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 5 cups water
  • 6 ounces pastina (small pasta for soup)
  • 2 tablespoons. butter
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated


  1. Bring the broth to a boil. Add the pastina and cook until al dente. Remove from the heat and mix in the butter and the grated Parmigiano. Serve at once.