Tomato pastina



"What should I prepare for dinner tonight?" In response to the timeless question, we have a classic suggestion: tomato pastina! A comforting dish that takes us back to our childhood years. This recipe draws inspiration from tomato soup but offers a delightful twist compared to traditional pastina in broth. Here, the pasta is sautéed directly in a simple sauce crafted with garlic and onions. A dash of chili pepper adds an unexpected and flavorful kick. Don't forget to serve this indulgent and creamy pasta dish with a generous dusting of Parmigiano Reggiano!

It's a quick and easy recipe, prepared in a single pan, making it a perfect time-saving solution for your winter dinner menus!

Risoni pasta 11.3 oz (320 g)
Tomato puree 8.8 oz (250 g)
Vegetable broth to taste
White onions 1
Garlic 1 clove
Basil to taste
Fine salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese 2 tbsp
Butter 0.7 oz (20 g) - (chilled)
Green Peperoncino to taste
Sugar ¾ tsp - (optional)

How to prepare Tomato pastina

To prepare tomato pastina, peel and chop the onion 1. In a pan, heat the oil 2 and add the onion 3, a pinch of salt, and sauté until golden brown.

Also, add the chili 4 and the basil stems. As soon as the onion becomes translucent, add the grated garlic 5. Sauté it a little more to soften it. Pour in the tomato puree 6.

Season with salt and a pinch of sugar (optional) 7. Cook for 5 minutes with a lid on over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add the orzo 8, cover it with the hot broth 9, and bring it to a simmer while stirring occasionally, making sure the pasta cooks to perfection.

Once the cooking is complete, blend in the cheese and cold butter 10, flavor it with basil leaves 11, and, if needed, add a touch more broth 12 just enough to make the dish creamy.

The tomato pastina is ready 13, season it with a sprinkle of grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese 14 to your liking, and serve it right at the table 15.

How to store

It is recommended to consume the tomato pastina immediately.


If you don't have time to prepare the broth, you can cook the pastina with hot water.