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    Pastina

    Ingredients:

    • 6 cups water
    • 2 Tsp. salt
    • 2 cups orzo or small pasta
    • Half a stick of butter
    • ½ cup of melting cheese, like cheddar or fontina, or 3 to 4 slices of American cheese
    • 1 egg (optional)
    • Grating cheese, like Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano

    Instructions:

    • Put the water in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the salt and pasta, lower heat a bit and cook pasta, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender.
    • If there is too much water left in the pan, drain some off. Pasta does not have to be completely dry.
    • Add the butter and melting cheese and stir. The mixture will be creamy, almost like a thick soup. Remove from the heat.
    • If you use the egg, beat it in a bowl, then stir into the pasta. The heat of the pasta will cook the egg.
    • Ladle pasta into bowls and sprinkle with grated cheese.