Quick Pastina Soup

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can make this cozy soup to share with the kids in under 30 minutes. This is a perfect fast meal for any night of the week

Ingredients:  – Minced celery, carrot, and onion – Low-sodium chicken broth – Star pastina – Frozen petite peas – Parmesan cheese – Fresh lemon zest (optional)


Add the olive oil to a medium pot over medium heat. When warm, add the celery, carrot, and onion. Stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes.


Add the broth and raise the heat to high. When the broth starts to boil, turn down the heat to medium so it simmers.


Add the pasta. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you can’t find tiny star pasta, try another small shape.


Stir in the peas, Parmesan, and lemon zest, if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.


Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Warm in a heat-safe bowl in a small pot or in the microwave, adding broth if desired.


Make this easier by starting with pre-cut mirepoix from the produce aisle of your supermarket. Simmer Parmesan rind in the broth for extra flavor.


Add cooked and diced or shredded skinless chicken breasts or chicken meatballs for a variation on the idea. Or serve with a side salad if you’d like.