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Pesto Pastina 💚 These are so good and easy to make. Plus they are children approved! They are great for hosting, because apart from being delicious, they are gorgeous!

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Why You’ll Love Pesto Pastina

Such a cozyherby, cheesy, and comforting dish. It comes together in under 30 minutes. It is super easy to make and delicious! Honestly, I love making this when I’m feeling a little bit under the weather and I need a nice warm meal.

Pesto Pastina

How To Prepare Pesto Pastina

🧄 First, add the pine nuts, garlic, basil and a drizzle of olive oil to a food processor and process until semi smooth. Then, add in parmigiano, seasoned salt and remaining olive oil. Process.

🧂 Secondly, slice the top off the tomatoes. With a spoon hollow them out. Then, sprinkle with a bit of salt on the inside and let sit upside down over a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

🐟 In the anchovy olive oil, sauté the shallot and anchovies until they all meld together, about 5-6 minutes on medium heat.

🌟 Then, add in acini di pepe or pastina of choice and brown for 2-3 minutes. Add broth a bit at a time. Turn heat off when it is still a bit under al dente.

🧀 Add in parmigiano, lemon zest and pesto. Then, add salt and pepper to taste.

🍅 Then, arrange the tomatoes on a baking dish, add some fontina to them, divide the pastina and top with more fontina. Add the tomato tops to them.

🔥 Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Then, broil for 2-3 minutes.

🌶 Lastly, top with crushed peppers.

Substitutions and Variations

  1. You can use your cheese of choice instead of parmigiano and fontina.
  2. I topped with crushed red peppers, but that’s completely optional.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

Make sure you add the broth one cup at a time, so it absorbs better.

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Common Questions

What seasoned salt do you use?

I use Peg’s Seasoned Salt.

Can I use different cheeses?

Yes of course! You can use any cheeses of your choice instead of Parmigiano and fontina.

What pastina do you use?

I use Barilla and De Cecco.

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Pesto Pastina

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings: 9
Pesto Pastina 💚 These are so good and easy to make. Plus they are children approved!

Ingredients 

  • 9 medium campari tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup acini di pepe
  • 2 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth, hot
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 anchovies, chopped into a paste + 1 tbsp of the olive oil it's packed in
  • 8 oz fontina val d’aosta
  • Seasoned salt , to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Crushed red peppers, to taste for topping (optional)

Pesto

  • 30 basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts, toasted

Directions 

  • First, add the pine nuts, garlic, basil and a drizzle of olive oil to a food processor and process until semi smooth. Then, add in parmigiano, seasoned salt and remaining olive oil. Process.
  • Secondly, slice the top off the tomatoes. With a spoon hollow them out. Then, sprinkle with a bit of salt on the inside and let sit upside down over a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • In the anchovy olive oil, sauté the shallot and anchovies until they all meld together, about 5-6 minutes on medium heat.
  • Then, add in acini di pepe or pastina of choice and brown for 2-3 minutes. Add broth a bit at a time. Turn heat off when it is still a bit under al dente.
  • Add in parmigiano, lemon zest and pesto. Then, add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then, arrange the tomatoes on a baking dish, add some fontina to them, divide the pastina and top with more fontina. Add the tomato tops to them.
  • Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Then, broil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Lastly, top with crushed peppers.

Nutrition

Calories: 2724kcal, Carbohydrates: 170g, Protein: 114g, Fat: 186g, Saturated Fat: 65g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g, Monounsaturated Fat: 84g, Cholesterol: 310mg, Sodium: 5018mg, Potassium: 3351mg, Fiber: 23g, Sugar: 48g, Vitamin A: 13589IU, Vitamin C: 214mg, Calcium: 2137mg, Iron: 12mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian

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