Vegetable Pastina Soup #SoupSwappers

Vegetable Pastina Soup, a childhood favorite, contains veggies with tiny pasta stars or alphabet shapes in  a tomato broth.
Vegetable Pastina Soup

Vegetable Pastina Soup

By  Sue Lau |  Palatable  Pastime

Vegetable Pastina Soup is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Soup Swappers. We post  monthly on the third Saturday with  recipes for soups following select themes.

We are sharing recipes for favorite childhood soups this month.  And for my choice, I decided to do a twist on the usual pastina soups.

Pastina means tiny pasta.  So the type of pasta used  in this soup will either be star shapes or alphabet. It doesn’t matter which.

Often the stars is the chicken based and alphabet will be vegetable, so you can see the twist with me using stars.

Vegetable Pastina Soup

I’ve made this a relatively easy soup to heat up.

For covid life, I have stocked a number of “lockdown” type  pantry ingredients that might need to be used, such as canned mixed vegetables. Besides saving the day if you can’t get out to buy fresh mirepoix vegetables or things like corn, potatoes and green beans, it does save on prep time.

Pantry recipes  can be great even not in a lockdown, just for the easy nature or when you want food quick.

But wouldn’t you know  it, my  Ohio  county has gone purple just today  for the first time. I’ll be digging  a lot in my pantry. I usually adore shopping for fresh produce often. But stuck at home. And I hate  having store shoppers  pick  my  veggies.

Sometimes seeing the produce is what inspires.

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Vegetable Pastina Soup

Vegetable Pastina Soup

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Vegetable Pastina Soup

Vegetable Pastina Soup

Sue Lau
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Soup, Soups and Stews
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can mixed vegetables undrained
  • 5.5 ounce can tomato juice
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup uncooked pastina stars or alphabet pasta


  • Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil 3-5 minutes to soften.
  • Add remaining ingredients except pastina and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, stir in the pastina and reduce heat; simmer gently for ten minutes or until pasta is cooked through.


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8 responses

  1. Saving this recipe until I can find either alphabet pasta or stars so I can make a soup that reminds me of my childhood!

  2. The tiny star pasta! I love pantry friendly recipes like this – and it’s definitely time to start hitting the pantry and freezer stashes again and stay out of the stores as much as possible. 🙁

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