Pasta soup is a delicious option for a lighter but comforting meal any time of year, but especially when the cooler weather hits. Soup recipes with pasta are very popular in Italy, so why not adopt the tradition?
Pasta soup takes many forms. From a light broth with pastina (tiny pasta), to a thick and hearty pasta e fagioli or minestrone, it’s perfect for a healthy and delicious starter or meal any time of the year.
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Many people love pasta, but outside of Italy, it’s really not used in soups as much as it could be. Using pasta or pastina in soups stretches how far both the pasta and the soup will go, so it’s also a great option for budget-friendly meals. You will usually need less than half the amount you would normally use with a dry pasta.
Soupy pasta is not only budget-friendly, but because there are usually other ingredients such as vegetables and legumes, it tends to also be more nutritious, and we cannot forget, tasty! If you’re curious about the pasta above, it is called anellini (one of my favorite pasta shapes!)
What is Pasta Soup?
Pasta soup isn’t just one actual dish, but a plethora of recipes which are soup bases with the addition of pasta. As noted above, they tend to be lighter, healthy, nutritious, budget-friendly, and delicious!
I hope the following recipes inspire you to try them, and also encourage you to make your own version of a soup with pasta added! A pasta addition to zuppa is often a fabulous idea. Let me know if you try one or more in the comments below and buon appetito!
Pasta Soup Recipes
One of the quickest, and easiest meals you can make, and perfect for a budget-friendly, weeknight meal for the family in under half an hour.
The classic way to serve tiny pasta (pastina) in a light broth or chicken soup, this recipe is light and delicious and perfect for babies, toddlers or as a start to an Italian meal.
Spinach Tortellini Soup ~ from What a Girl Eats
While not authentically Italian, with added pistou, this soup is a great way to use homemade or store-bought tortellini with lots of added vegetables.
Another pasta soup recipe from another part of the world is Haitian soup joumou, traditionally served to ring in the new year. It’s chock full of meat, vegetables and pasta in a pumpkin soup base. It’s truly delicious!
Similar to pasta e fagioli, pasta e ceci is simply pasta with garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) in a soupy tomato sauce base. Kids love it, especially when you use fun to eat, anellini pasta! Don’t forget the freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano, DOP.
There are so many different ways to make minestrone depending on the region of Italy. This particular recipe hails from Genoa, and is really quite quick and easy, as written by Frank from Memorie di Angelina. You can be assured that any recipe on his site will be authentically Italian and rock solid!
Grattini all’Uovo is a quick pastina you can make to cook in a light broth such as Italian chicken soup. It’s super easy to make and is the answer when you’re out of pasta (when does that ever happen?!)
A clear broth filled with mini meatballs, greens and pastina, Italian wedding soup has become a favorite Italian-American pasta soup option, especially at weddings!
I hope you enjoy these pasta soup recipes!
Creamy Cullen skink (smoked fish chowder) from Scotland.
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