You MUST try this Italian counterpart to the classic chicken soup

The Italian chicken soup is topped with parmesan, which gives the dish its full-bodied taste.

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Is it gray and uncomfortable outside? Then it’s high time for a parsnip soup that warms you from the inside. The Italian chicken soup is topped with parmesan, which gives the dish its full-bodied taste. Whether small or large – this soup tastes good to everyone at the table. With a handful of ingredients and a prep time of just under 40 minutes, it can be made quickly, especially during the week. So come to the wooden spoon, here comes the recipe!

Italian Chicken Noodle Soup: Recipe for Pastina

Every nun probably has her own recipe for traditional Italian pastina. Some like to add an egg yolk to the soup, others dissolve a piece of melted cheese in it at the end. But three components are always the same: parmesan, chicken broth and small pasta.

Translated, “pastina” means exactly that: “small pasta”. While you can buy special pastina noodles for soup in Italy and the US, you rarely find anything in German supermarkets. Basically, the soup succeeds with any form of small soup noodles, such as durum wheat barley or star noodles.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 onion

  • 1 stick of celery

  • 1 carrot

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1.5 L of chicken stock

  • 1 Parmesan rind

  • 250 g soup noodles (e.g. pearl barley or star noodles)

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked (optional)

  • 150 grams of peas

  • 100g grated Parmesan

  • salt and pepper

How to prepare it:

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion and carrot. Wash the celery and cut into large pieces. Peel and chop the garlic.

  2. Saute onion, celery, carrot and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Deglaze the vegetables with the chicken stock, add the Parmesan rind to the soup and cook on low for approx 30 minutes Simmer.

  4. Now add the soup noodles and cook according to package instructions, about 6 to 8 minutes. add peas. If you want, you can, for example, chop up cooked chicken breast from the previous day and add it to the soup.

  5. When the noodles are al dente, remove the Parmesan rind. Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with grated parmesan. The best way to grate Parmesan cheese in one piece is with a fine kitchen grater (can be found here on Amazon).

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