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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Little Pasta, Big Meal

As with many Italian American children I often enjoyed pasta for breakfast. The breakfast consisted of Pastina (little Pasta), butter, sugar and an egg stirred in. It had to be one of my favorite breakfast treats growing up. Over the years I still use Pastina mainly in soups but here is a recipe that can be used as a comforting dinner or altered a little to become a delicious breakfast that any child or adult would greatly enjoy.



Pastina with Egg and Cheese

1/2 cup Pastina (any brand of tiny soup pasta)
2 eggs
1 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Boil water and cook pastina according to directions. Drain and add butter. Beat eggs and pour in. Slowly cook over low heat to cook egg add cheese, stir and serve warm (Can also use egg substitute) makes a great dinner dish.
For breakfast, omit cheese and add milk, may use sugar if you would like to add a little sweetness to your day.

Photo/kendiala/flickr

13 comments:

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Julie, that sounds pretty darned good! Very comforting on a cold morning.

Judy said...

Hi Julie, that sounds so good. I will definitely try it this weekend. I love good cold morning breakfasts.

Julie said...

Thank you, Judy....enjoy!

Julie said...

Thank you, Mimi

Joie de vivre said...

I would have never thought about having pasta for breakfast, but it sounds positively homey and very comforting.

Julie said...

You will be pleasantly surprised; Joie de Vivre at just how good it is.

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Bernie said...

sounds very similar to how I serve up Grits.

Julie said...

Very similar Bernie, thank you for stopping by.

Mommy Gourmet said...

oh my...is that as good as it looks?/

Melpy said...

Interesting...as a child for a super quick dinner we had "egg pastine" which was the pasta and egg and the parm cheese. I also loved it with fresh ground pepper. My mother wouldn't let us have butter but my dad always had it that way. I never tried it with milk or sugar. I wish it was healthier because I haven't eaten it in about 3 years now.

Julie said...

Melpy it's ok to treat yourself once in awhile as long as you do not have it every day....go ahead and make some.

Digital Duchess said...

I know this is an old post, but I stumbled across it looking for a name for the tiny pasta custard my mom made me for years...I am a west coaster, and no one had ever heard of Pastina! My mom made it with 2:1 chicken broth (2 cups broth to 1 cup pastina) and boiled it until most of the liquid was absorbed. Add the beaten egg, then parmesan off the heat. My favorite sick food for sure :). Thank you for your post!