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Lisa’s Pastina in Brodo

Pastina in Brodo

There are a few well known tropes that go along with not feeling well if you are Italian. The first is the celebrated (or dreaded, depending on how you feel about this tradition!) camomilla– chamomile tea. The second is Pastina in Brodo– basically small pasta in broth. A variation of this pastina is tortellini in brodo which my daughter loved when she was little. Trattoria da Benvenuto close to our house in the historic center of Florence used to make it, and she would always ask for it, especially if she had a cold!

As the winter months are here, and you yourself address pre and post holiday stress, all those viruses which might be in the air, or if you simply want a cozy, warm soup, turn to Pastina in Brodo! 

You can watch me- Lisa!- make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel.

Lisa’s Pastina in Brodo Ingredients:

Pastina in Brodo

10 cups of vegetable broth

4 ½ cups of pastina of your choice

½ a cup of whole milk ricotta

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for garnish





Lisa’s Pastina in Brodo Directions:

Bring vegetable broth to a boil.

Pastina in Brodo

Add in the pastina and cook for 8 minutes.

Pastina in Brodo

Place the pastina and broth in soup bowls and top with a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil. Place 1 tablespoon of the whole milk ricotta in the center of the pastina in brodo. Enjoy!

Pastina in Brodo


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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