Italian Penicillin Soup

italian penicillin soup
italian penicillin soup

This cozy, comforting Chicken Pastina Soup, also known as Italian Nonna’s Penicillin Soup, is renowned for its ability to cure any ailment. It’s the perfect remedy for a chilly day or when you’re feeling under the weather. At Takeout Food, we believe in the power of culinary delights to lift spirits and bring comfort, and this soup is no exception.

Italian Chicken Pastina Soup

A Delightful Italian Tradition

In Italy, there are countless variations of Chicken Pastina Soup, each reflecting the unique touch of beloved nonnas. While this recipe might not be your Italian Nonna’s exact rendition, it captures the essence of this beloved soup. Traditionally, it’s a heartwarming blend of veggies and pasta, but we’ve put a twist on it to make it more vegetable and protein-forward.

What is pastina?

Before diving into this Chicken Pastina Soup, let’s briefly talk about pastina. In Italian, it simply means “small pasta.” There are various types of pastina, each with its own unique shape, but all measuring less than a quarter inch. Acini di pepe, or tiny round pasta, is often used, but you can experiment with other types like orzo, stelline (tiny stars), or farfalline (tiny bowties). The choice is yours!

Acini di pepe pasta

Vegetable and Protein-Forward Delight

Our version of Chicken Pastina Soup focuses on a generous amount of vegetables and lean proteins, with pasta playing a supporting role. Sauté diced onion, shallot, celery, bell pepper, and garlic in olive oil and butter. Then add chicken broth and plenty of diced carrots for a punch of flavor and nutrition.

Simmer the veggie/broth mixture until tender, reserving 2 cups of veggies. With a stick blender or regular blender, puree the remaining soup. Next, add the pasta, which takes less than 10 minutes to cook to perfection. Finally, add the reserved veggies and a generous portion of rotisserie or leftover chicken for added protein. Let the flavors meld and marry as the soup rests, allowing the pasta to absorb the delicious broth.

Italian Chicken Pastina Soup

Italian Grandmother’s Penicillin Soup

Italian Nonna’s Penicillin Soup, as it’s affectionately known, has gained its reputation for being the go-to soup in Italy when someone is feeling under the weather. One spoonful of this ultimate comfort food will provide the warmth and nourishment you need to start feeling better.

Italian Chicken Pastina Soup

Tips for Making Italian Chicken Pastina Soup

To ensure your Chicken Pastina Soup turns out perfectly, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Most grocery stores offer different types of pastina, so feel free to choose the one you prefer. Stelline pastina resembles little stars, acini di pepe is tiny balls of pasta, and orzo is slightly larger and shaped like rice.
  • We suggest using ⅓ cup of pasta for this recipe, but if you’re not concerned about carbs, feel free to double the amount.
  • When you first add the pastina to the broth, it may seem like there’s not enough, but don’t worry. The pasta will expand as it cooks and rests, providing just the right amount.
  • Depending on the pastina shape, cooking times may vary. Follow the instructions on the package for the best results.
  • For easy dicing, we recommend using a Vidalia Chopper. It makes quick work of chopping all the veggies, saving you valuable time.
  • Don’t forget to garnish your soup with freshly grated Parmesan, chopped rosemary, or thyme for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Consider adding a Parmesan rind while simmering the broth for enhanced taste. Just remember to remove it before pureeing the soup.
  • The grated Parmesan garnish is a must! Opt for the best Parmesan you can find or afford, such as Parmesan Reggiano.
  • This soup reheats beautifully, either in the microwave or on the stovetop. If the consistency is too thick when reheating, add a splash of chicken broth.


1. Can I use a different type of pasta in this soup?

Yes, you can use various types of pastina, such as acini di pepe, orzo, stelline, or farfalline. Feel free to choose the one you prefer or have on hand.

2. How can I make the soup even heartier?

If you want to make the soup heartier, you can add additional vegetables like zucchini, peas, or spinach. You can also increase the amount of chicken or add cooked sausage for extra protein.


Italian Penicillin Soup, also known as Chicken Pastina Soup, is the ultimate comfort food that warms both body and soul. It’s a versatile and customizable recipe that allows you to experiment with different pasta shapes and add your favorite vegetables and proteins. At Takeout Food, we celebrate the joy of culinary exploration, and this soup perfectly embodies our dedication to quality, creativity, and culinary delight. So go ahead, fill your bowl, and enjoy a warm hug in a bowl that will cure any ailment.

Italian Chicken Pastina Soup

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