Mangia: Pastina.


We're coming at you this foodie Friday with one of our absolute 'go to' recipes. A recipe taken from 'How to Bake a New Beginning' and also our family cookbook. Forget packet baby food! From the moment, and probably before, we were able to eat solid food, Pastina has been on our menu, courtesy of our Nanna and Grandad of course. These days you can keep your chicken soup for when your feeling poorly or your mac and cheese in times of comfort. For us it's all about Pastina. 



1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Sticks of Celery
A Handful of Cherry Tomatoes
Pastina - Orzo or any shape of your choosing - we love the little stars.
Salt and Pepper
Butter (Optional)

What To Do.

Dice up the celery and cherry tomatoes and put them in a medium size saucepan with the olive oil, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, allowing them to cook and soften.

Boil the kettle and add your boiling water to the pan. Allow your water to come to a boil on the stove top (when little bubbles start to appear) and add in your Orzo.

Add salt and pepper and stock of your choice. Dialbrodo is our favourite. 

When the Orzo is nearly ready (you can be following the timing instructions on the packet or simply taste it and see, this is what we do) add a teaspoon of butter and your parsley.


This piping hot bowl of goodness is perfect for the chilly Autumn nights. It's light and full of flavour and we thoroughly hope you enjoy it.

You might notice that I have gone into more detail here than in 'How to Bake a New Beginning' and that is purely based on the fact that the recipes in my book were primarily there as a look into Amanda's world; similar to that of Kelly and I having notebooks with scribbles galore of Nanna and Grandad's recipes and trying to keep up. I wanted it to be Amanda's journey of figuring out some of the recipes herself and therefore, some recipes are scrawls of what she can remember and what she needs to ask in order to learn and do them right. And, of course, some 'what to do's' end up being rather simple because she could make them with her eyes closed and doesn't need a whole lot of instructions. 

So, I hope today's step by step is a tad more thorough and you can curl up and enjoy a steaming bowl of Pastina this weekend. 

Buon Appetito!



  1. I've bee secretly praying that you would do some of the recipes from the book on your blog, and YAAAAAAAY!! I'm tempted to give this a try and see how much I like it :) Tania Michele xx

    1. Aww yay! This makes me happy...we are actually working on a family recipe book, which will have a lot of the recipes from the book in! :) Let us know what you think if you make it! :) xx

  2. Pastina is my favourite autumn/winter meal! It's cozy and light and yummy!

    1. Yay!! We have it so much it's untrue!! It's comfort food at it's finest! xx