pas·​ti·​na ˈpä-stē-nə How to pronounce pastina (audio)
: very small bits of pasta used in soup or broth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or those tiny pastas, like pastina, with a little butter. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, 7 Mar. 2018 How to Use Tiny Pasta Even smaller than short pasta is tiny pasta (or pastina, for those in the scientific community). Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, 11 Sep. 2017 The soup of the day on our visit was Italian wedding, a straight-forward version of the classic with succulent meatballs, tender escarole and pastina. Laura Demarco,, 26 May 2017

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of pasta pasta

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pastina was in 1903

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“Pastina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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