Pastina Soup

Pastina is an Italian word for “little pasta”. This simple soup is made with a few simple ingredients you are sure to have in your kitchen and small pasta balls. If you don’t have pastina, then any small shaped pasta will do.

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3 chicken legs
1/2 cup pastina
6 cups water
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 celery, coarsely chopped
1 onion, coarsely chopped
4 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs savory (optional)
2 tsp salt

Clean and chop the carrot, onion and celery and place in the pot. Add the chicken, salt, herbs and water and bring to a boil. Remove any foam that forms on top of the pot.

When the stock has reduced by half, remove the the chicken, vegetables and herbs with a slotted spoon. Discard the vegetables and remove the meat from the chicken. Chop the chicken into small pieces.

Add the pastina to the stock and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Add the chopped chicken into the soup and mix well. Serve immediately.

Serves 2 to 4.

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