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Pastina With Egg

Pastina with Egg | Magnolia Days

A little seed was planted over a year ago. It wasn’t placed in the earth. It was a seed of inspiration that came from a conversation. A discussion of breakfast foods with my friend Terry brought to light something I never heard of before. Curiosity kept it cataloged in my mind and was filed along with so many other bits of inspiration. Then one day I spotted it in the store. It was either a new item or one I simply never noticed before. Either way, I knew I had to make pastina with egg.

Pastina is teeny tiny star-shaped pasta. Well, I don’t know if all pastina has that shape. It’s about the size of couscous, perhaps a smidgen larger. How they make pasta into such small shapes is beyond me. I know machines do most of it now. However, I’m thinking of it being done long ago by hand. Incredible.

I enjoyed how Terry talked about pastina for breakfast. Her words and expression conveyed it as special in more ways than one. Any recipe that evokes such wonderful memories is one I wanted to learn more about. I had the opportunity to talk about it with Terry’s mom when she recently visited for her grandson’s high school graduation. Virginia, or Ginny as many call her, was happy to share her knowledge and method. I took all she said in, added my own little twist, and got to cooking.

Pastina with Egg | Magnolia Days

My twist is using tarragon. Perhaps the cheese in it too. Fresh tarragon teams up with egg in the most delightful way. Parmesan seemed fitting since I believe the dish is Italian in origin. Forgive me Ginny and all those pastina with egg aficionados out there if my version is way off the standard. It is creamy, comforting, quick, and something I’ll enjoy often. Step aside hot cereal because there is a new breakfast star.

I’m dedicating this post to Ginny. This coming weekend she will be celebrating her 90th birthday. Wow. 90 years. That is really something to celebrate! Join me in wishing Ginny a big happy birthday and the very best to her on such a special day.

Pastina with Egg | Magnolia Days
4.42 from 12 votes

Pastina With Egg

A recipe for pastina with egg, a quick and easy hot breakfast meal made with pastina pasta and flavored with parmesan cheese and fresh tarragon.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1/4 cup uncooked pastina pasta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pastina in a small saucepan according to the package instructions. Drain pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, beat together the egg, parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup milk, and tarragon.
  3. While the pasta is draining, melt the butter in the saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add the drained pasta to the pan.
  5. Pour in the egg mixture while stirring constantly. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese begins to melt (the egg will cook in the process).
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in additional warm milk if desired for a creamier consistency.
  8. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for pastina with egg, a quick and easy hot breakfast meal made with pastina pasta and flavored with parmesan cheese and fresh tarragon.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 24th of August 2019

My mom made 4 me wen I was little Thanks Mom! Now I make 4 myself only I don’t drain the water, I add powder chicken bouillon B4 adding the pasta, while dat is cooking I scramble 2 eggs in mug and pour into the boiling pasta and I use a fork to separate the eggs, and i laddle into bowl and eat it. I 1st ate pastina w/egg on 8/23/19 a first on my own. East mostly in colder months.


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Pastina is my Italian comfort favorite. It was made by my Grandmother and through the family to my daughters for their children. Thank you for introducing it to a new audience. It was a heaven sent food for fussy youngster.


Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Hi Renee, Thanks so much for introducing Pastina to everyone. My italian Nana made it for me when I was little for breakfast.Also, if I was sick she would put homemade chicken broth in it.She always used the cheese but not any herbs but with the tarragon I think this would make a great side dish, kind of like polenta. This is a very comforting food to me and thank you for the fond memories.


Thursday 1st of August 2013

So glad it brought back memories of your Nana. I'll have to try it with chicken broth too.


Thursday 25th of July 2013

nice recipe! my grandma used to make pastina for me when I was little. you've given me a craving for it now!


Saturday 27th of July 2013

Thanks Dina and nice to see it made you think of your grandmother.


Thursday 25th of July 2013

My Italian grandmother made this for us all the time. I never saw it in print before. Thank you. It made me think of her.


Thursday 25th of July 2013

You are welcome and I'm glad it brought back good memories of your grandmother.