Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Homemade Minestrina Soup: Italian Penicillin Soup

 I have been feeling a little under the weather this week and have been graving comfort food, and in the realm of comfort food, few dishes hold as much promise as the humble Minestrina soup, affectionately dubbed the "Italian Penicillin Soup." This beloved classic isn't just delicious; it's hailed for its healing properties and nourishing benefits. Join the craze as we delve into the secrets behind this viral sensation!



This soup may be humble in appearance, but Italian Nonnas have been using it's healing properties to take care of a plethora of ailments.  It's also great for lunch.  I can't wait to share this traditional old world recipe with you so...


Let's Get Started!



A TIME HONORED TRADITION:

This beloved combination of nutrient rich broth and tiny pasta (pastina) has been a go-to for cozy evenings as well as magic potion for warding off sicknesses such as colds and flu. The Italian grandma's version of chicken soup if you will. I am always saying the simplest recipes are the best and Minestra is the perfect example of this.  First recognized in Calabria, Italy, it evolved during a time of hardship in the country's history when soup consisted of water, salt, stale bread and olive oil. 



WHY IS IT CONSIDERED A HEALING ELIXER?

While this soup won't actually HEAL you, it's magical, comforting powers heal the soul from the inside out.  It's the love that comes from the heart of the one making it that does all the healing.  A liquid hug if you will.   


WHAT YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT THIS SOUP:

  1. It's quick and easy.  From start to finish you can have this made-from-scratch soup on the table in about 20 minutes. 
  2. It uses simple ingredients.  You never know when sickness will hit in your home, and this recipe is as simple as broth and pasta if need 
  3. It's easy to customize.  This is my recipe for Minestrina soup, but honestly you can use whatever broth, veggies, and tiny pasta you have on had.  The thing you CAN'T skimp on is the cheese.  It's a sacred rule.
  4. It's both nourishing AND comforting. Fill with rich broth and darling petite pasta, it will warm your heart from the inside.  



WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 7 cups Water
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 (7 oz) bag of tiny Star-Shaped Pasta ( I found mine on Amazon HERE)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chicken Bullion (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper


HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Bring the7 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and chicken bullion to the boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the carrots are nice and tender.  You don't need to fine chop the vegetables for this step.  Large chunk will do. 
  3. Once the vegetables are nice and tender, remove them from the water and add them to a blender with 1 cup of the hot water.  Blend until smooth and then return to the water.  
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 7 minutes.  DON'T OVERCOOK YOUR PASTA! 
  5. Once the pasta is cooked taste for seasoning and serve in a bowl.  Add as much freshly grated parmesan cheese as your little heart desires and feel the love!  






Whether you are treating the seasonal allergies or making a simple meal that will fill bellies and heart this Homemade Minestrina Soup is the perfect choice!  Get ready to fall in love with this Italian Penicillin Soup and give it a try tonight!  



Happy Eatin' Y'all!
~The Kitchen Wife~



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