I found a neat little recipe in a book sometime ago using Pastina, those wee little pasta stars that are just SO DAMN CUTE! The dish is really simple and comforting but entirely delicious and worthy of adoration.
It goes as follows:
Bring one cup of water to a boil and add 1/4 cup of pastina and pinch ( or two or three) of salt.
Reduce heat slightly and cook until most of the liquid is gone.
Remove from heat and pour one – slightly mixed- egg over the whole mess, cover and let sit for a minute or so.
Add some butter, a tsp or so ( I am the QUEEN of “or so” ) and some parmesan cheese, about 1 tbsp…again I always add more. Season with salt if it needs it and pepper , “e ecco” you have a beautiful tasty bowl of love for yourself.
I am not one to leave well enough alone, so as soon as I made this dish’s acquaintance, I was thinking of all the variations I could try.
Here is my Zucchini Pastina!
Chop half a zuke into fine dice:
and sauté in butter, until golden but not brown. Set aside.
Bring one cup of water to a boil, add your pastina, 1/4 cup, and salt.
Cook until most of the water is absorbed.
Stir in your sautéed zucchini, and removed from heat. Give an egg a quick beating and pour over pastina, giving the whole mix another stir. Cover and let sit for a min or two.
Throw in some butter 1 TSP , and some Parmesan cheese, 1 TBSP- stir, check for more salt and add some pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
And there you be!
And there WE be. At the end of our A-Z journey.
I’ll do a wrap up post, for sure, but I really want to say THANK YOU!, right now, in this moment, to each and every one of you.
❤ Love and Squishy Hugs.