Pasta Piselli

By • January 30, 2013 • 41 Comments



Author Notes: I first had this when I lived in Italy, we were invited to a friends house for lunch and this soup was made as a first course. Lunch was a big deal in Italy with multiple courses. I watched my friends Grandmother make this soup, it literally took only minutes, it's simple and comforting and delicious. Only a few ingredients are used to produce this wonderful soup. Chicken stock or broth, homemade (or dried) pasta, peas, egg and grated romano cheese. Note: You can use parmigiano cheese instead of romano or mix them. sdebrango

Food52 Review: I made sdebrango's delicious soup twice -- once with fresh linguine and homemade stock, and once with dried spaghetti and low-sodium chicken broth. Both times the soup was amazingly good, though the fresh pasta and stock version was slightly tastier. This soup's depth of flavor belies its short ingredient list and very quick cooking time. The need for a fork and spoon to eat the long noodles may drive me to use shorter noodles next time. This recipe is now in my "go-to" list of easy-peasy comfort food meals. hardlikearmour

Serves 2 to 4, depending on portion size

  • 32 ounces chicken broth or stock (4 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 pound fresh pasta (I used linguine but capellini or spaghetti works just fine. If you don't have fresh, dried works great also.)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of lemon zest (optional)
  1. Bring your broth or stock to a boil in a large saucepan, add the peas, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the pasta. (If using fresh, it only takes about 3 minutes to cook; dried takes longer, about 8 minutes approximately.) NOTE: If using dried pasta, it takes much longer to cook, and you don't want to overcook the peas. Dried pasta, depending on the type, can take 8-10 minutes, so add the peas in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Beat the egg and add the grated cheese to the egg; combine. Remove pot from the heat and pour the egg in slowly, stirring as you add. Add salt and pepper if you like; I like to add a pinch of lemon zest also. Serve with more cheese grated on top.
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7 months ago LynneT

Got home from a stressful day at work today and found this when I searched for "pasta." It was fabulous. It will enter my regular rotation and will likely become my go-to pasta dish on a night when I'm too tired to do anything fussy.

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7 months ago sdebrango

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Thank you Lynne, me too it's my go to quick and easy pasta dish. So thrilled that you liked it! Thank you for letting me know.

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over 1 year ago pikes kitchen

It wasn't very soupy. But it was tasty!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks Pikes kitchen, you are right it is not really a brothy soup, it has more noodles than broth. Thank you very much for trying and letting me know.

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over 1 year ago pikes kitchen

Making this right now,smells great!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you I do hope you enjoy!!

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over 1 year ago pikes kitchen

Making it right now! Smells wonderful!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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I'm looking forward to making it for the daughter when I visit her in Boulder next week. Congratulations!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks B, have fun with the daughter, say hi from me. Hope you enjoy!

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over 1 year ago Madhuja

I cannot wait to try this, sdebrango, (especially since I am down with a nasty cold)!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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I am so sorry you are sick, feel better soon! I hope you like the soup and thank you for wanting to give it a try, get well soon!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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congratulations, suzanne!! this looks marvelous. i eyed it longingly when you posted it and now i know i simply must make it ASAP!!!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Emily, it's so easy to make soups on in only a few minutes. I do hope you enjoy if you make it.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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we just made and very much enjoyed this, suzanne. perfect for the very cold night it is here!! love how quick it is!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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I am so glad you liked it, I too love how quick it is! Thank you so much for trying it and letting me know, I so appreciate it

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over 1 year ago meganvt01

oh my - this is on the menu this week. I can't wait to enjoy this with the cold weather coming.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Megan, I hope you enjoy, it's mighty cold here in NYC too!

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

I'm eating a bowl of this soup right now. Where has this been all of my life?!? It's seriously delicious, and dead simple to make. Actually, this is comfort food to me in the same way carbonara is--but a lot lighter. I went heavy on the black pepper, and the lemon zest addition was really lovely. This is my new go-to comfort food lunch when I work from home. Thanks, Suzanne, for posting this gem.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Emily, I can't tell you how happy I am that you gave it a try and like it. I agree the lemon zest is really wonderful and brightens it and I too go heavy on the black pepper. Thank you so much.

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over 1 year ago Kukla

Sounds wonderful Suzanne! I love peas in soups.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you, me too, peas are one of my favorites and seeing the peas in the soup makes me think of spring.

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Hey Paisan, Bravissimo! Food is “la gioia di vivere,” zest for life and we share a common passion for it; without it why get up in the morning…?

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you, yes we are joined by our heritage and food truly is a passion that keeps me happy. Thank you so much.

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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Gorgeous photo, by the way!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you every now and then I get lucky!

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over 1 year ago mrslarkin

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sounds so delicious. Like stracciatella, with the added bonus of peas and pasta!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Yes thats exactly what its like, thank you so much!

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! Love the simplicity & combination of flavors - reminds me of risi bisi. Am curious what the eggs do texturally?

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much HLA, the eggs are stirred in very quickly and they break down a bit but only a small amount, it really just turns the broth into a creamy broth with small flecks of egg that are virtually invisible. You also add the egg when the pot is off the flame so there is no heat source other than the broth to cook the eggs.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Sounds good! BTW -- love your bowl.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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This looks absolutely fantastic, and I think I even have all the ingredients on hand to make it. Lucky me!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much B, it is soooooo easy and quick to make, one of the reasons I love it.

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over 1 year ago boulangere

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Exactly - perfect for those too-tired-to-cook-but-have-to-eat nights.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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It's always my standby just for those occasions.

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Beautiful! Love, love, love this. I hope to try it soon!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Emily, I hope you like it if you give it a try.

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Yum! Love the simplicity of this!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much Pat, simple definitely, I can't help but love a dish that can be pulled together in minutes.

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over 1 year ago aargersi

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OMG this is so simple and sounds soooooo delicious! I will be trying this for sure

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much A, It is so easy, only minutes to make and is a wonderful soup. I make it often.