This week for Thirty Minute Thursdays, cooking our way through Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta book with Glennis and whoever else wants to join us, I made Minestrina per i Bambini (Children's Pasta Soup), on page 39.
I've been on a "clean out the pantry" kick lately and trying to use up things I already have, some of them partial boxes and bags of things, like a small partial bag of alphabet pasta. Soup is always one of my favorite lunches, so I went back to the soup section of this book and there was a recipe that called for alphabet pasta, just the recipe I needed. I am hoping to make all 100 recipes in this book, so no time like the present to make this one.
The ingredient list: Italian meat broth or bouillon cube (I used the meat broth I had on hand), alphabet pasta, butter, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The whole process is very easy and fast, and although in the photo it doesn't look like much, it was tasty and accompanied my small salad nicely. (It also managed to use up the little amount of alphabet pasta I had.) Not necessarily a recipe this week to wow all your guests, but a nice homey recipe that rose to the occasion of a quick lunch on a cold and overcast day like today. (And I got to use the Winnie the Pooh kids' bowl which was rather fun.)
If you like the looks and sounds of it, buy the book as I am a believer in encouraging people to support the authors who put together these fabulous books by buying a copy, so you won't find the recipes posted from this book here. (Buy it, the recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to locate, it's not pricey, and there are photos of almost all the recipes.)