Pastina literally means "little pasta" and it refers specifically to the small star shaped pasta. This tiny pasta is also referred to as stelline.
Pastina is also the name of an italian dish, pastina with egg and cheese. There is another pastina recipe called chicken pastina soup.
Popular pasta brand, Ronzoni, recently came out saying they were discontinuing this shape, which has caused quite the uproar. Other brands still carry pastina, it just may take some searching.
– pastina pasta (or some other similarly small pasta shape) – egg – chicken broth – butter – parmesan cheese – black pepper
COOK TIME: 10 MIN
Simmer stelline pasta in broth
Turn off heat and add in a whole egg.
Add butter, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
Top with extra cheese and fresh cracked black pepper.