Jenn Cooks Chicken Soup Pastina

This has been a crazy week for us.  My daughter is teething.  My husband has surgery on his toe on Monday and as if the stress of both of those things wasn't enough for me,I came down with an AWFUL stomach bug Monday night. 

Yesterday was kind of a "just get through today" type day.

I woke up this morning feeling much better and decided to make a huge pot of chicken soup in hopes no one in my family catches what I had. 

I really make a kick ass chicken soup.

As a matter of fact, after my broth was done tonight before I added the pasta (because I'm all about the chicken noodle soup), I might have even said to myself "Hmm..this is the best broth ever".  I then had a quick fantasy of my husband drooling over my soup and telling me how good it was.  I did my little victory dance and pulled out the pasta to add. 

I decided to use Pastina so Sweet Pea could have some. For those of you who don't know what Pastina is, it is little teeny tiny star noodles. 

In a hurry to get the baby's bottle started and dice up the chicken, I dumped a box of Pastina in...decided it didn't look like enough and then dumped another.  Gave it a little stir and carried on with what I was doing. 

I'll admit it before I made the Pastina for Sweet Pea...I probably haven't had it in like 15 years.  When I made it for the baby, I made about a 1/4 of a cup and she was eating it for a few days. 

I clearly wasn't thinking...

I consider myself a fairly intelligent girl....

Sometimes I just have these moments where I am all like "WHY THE HELL DID I JUST DO THAT?!?"

Do you want to know when I realized it this time?

When I grabbed the soup ladle, and spooned PASTINA into the bowl. I looked in the pot and there was about half Pastina and half broth.  I spooned some broth over the Pastina and mentioned to my husband that I might have added a little too much Pastina. 

Only here's the problem....by the time he got to his bowl, It was 3/4 Pastina and 1/4 broth.

By the time I got back to the pot to serve myself the pot showed probably 9/10 Pastina and 1/10 broth. 


I felt like Strega Nona!

By the time, I had sat down to eat, my poor chicken and carrots were being smothered by teeny tiny little stars.  There was no broth left....in my bowl....in my husband's bowl...or even in the large pot on the stove.

Would you like some soup with that Pastina?

My victory dance was a distant memory.  My husband's oohing and ahhing were transformed into loud giggles and these comments:

"Oh. I thought I spilled some!  Who am I kidding? This doesn't spill?"

"I feel like I swallowed a huge ball of glue".

After stating I was thirsty, he said "No kidding, the Pastina is soaking up your insides as well".

I had to laugh...

I mean....it really WAS funny!

The thing is ...it tasted REALLY GOOD! Even Sweet Pea ate some!

So here is my recipe for Chicken Soup Pastina:

Take the BEST chicken soup recipe you have and make it in a large pot.  When it's done, add two boxes of Pastina.  Don't worry about it not seeming to be a lot!  That crap is like The Duggars...it just keeps multiplying!

And there you have it!  I know what you all are making for dinner tomorrow night!!! 

P.S.  I left it in the pot to put the baby to bed ....who wants to take bets that it over took the pot and is all over my kitchen floor by now!?!? 


SEL said...

Omg. I'm crying right now I'm laughing so hard!!

At least you guys have a great sense of humor about it!

And I'll be trying this recipe soon!