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Pastina Soup

This Italian sausage pastina soup is delicious and simple to make. Using canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables cuts down on prep time so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy soups, Italian sausage, pastina
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 381kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Mild Italian Sausage casing removed and torn into pieces (or use bulk sausage)
  • 1 Medium Onion diced
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 10 ounce Frozen Mixed Vegetables cooked just enough to defrost
  • ½ cup Pastina we used a star shape pastina
  • Salt if needed at the end


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes to brown, stir frequently and break up large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Take the pot off the heat and remove most (or all) of the excess oil rendered by the sausage before continuing with the next steps. (See notes below)
  • Place the pot back over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onions to the sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic, oregano and black pepper, cook 1-2 minutes, stir frequently.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and chicken broth, stir while gently scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil (it will take about 4-5 minutes to boil). Next, lower the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Cook the soup, for 15-20 minutes. Keep it at a simmer, adjust the heat as necessary and stir occasionally.
  • In the meantime, cook the frozen vegetables just enough to defrost them. About half of the recommended cooking time on the package should do it. Drain well.
  • Add the pastina and the mixed vegetables to the pot and stir well. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil (will take about 1-2 minutes).
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Stir the soup occasionally to make sure the pastina is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Taste the soup and add salt if need. As a reference we did not add extra to ours.


To remove excess oil after browning the sausage: Take the pot off the heat. Pile the browned sausage to one side of the pot and tip it slightly so the oil pools opposite the meat. Use a ladle or large spoon to scoop most (or all) of it out. Then level the pot, place it back over the heat and continue with the recipe.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1534mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2491IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg