Pasta a risotto (Risotto-style Pasta) Recipe

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One of the guilty pleasures that I have never, up to now, revealed to a living soul is my penchant for late-night pasta snacks. But not just any pasta, but pastina of the kind usually used for soups, cooked in just enough liquid (usually a mixture of water and milk) so that by the time the liquid has almost evaporated, the pasta if cooked and a creamy 'sauce' remains. I enrich the dish with a dab of butter and a spoonful of grated cheese just before pouring the concoction into a bowl and eating it greedily with a spoon.

I have always kept my love of this little mock baby-food to myself. After all, serious foodies do not indulge in such trifles, right? And, worse still, the method violates just about every traditional rule about the proper preparation of pasta. But then, not so long ago, while shopping for some new cookbooks in Rizzoli in New York, I stumbled across a book that a friend from Rome had heartily recommended to me, Cuochi si diventa by Milanese gastronome Allan Bay. As I leafed through the book, I found a chapter entitled "Mania dell'autore: la pasta a risotto" and, lo and behold, I found recipes for something very much like my late-night pastina…

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  • Claudia lamascolo
    I really want to try Risotto. I cant believe I have never had this! This one is going to do the trick I love the way it looks and sounds with pasta!~
    • kathy gori
      i think my husband would kill for this dish! Thanks for posting it.
      • Michelle M
        Absolutely something I would love!
        • Evelyn Scott
          Its so good to see that someone else was never really weaned off of pastina. I raised my two girls on it too, with a 1 spoonful for baby, 2 spoonfuls for mommy. Its still a guilty pleasure.


          • Jenna
            October 15, 2010
            This sounds wonderful! My grandmother, named Angelina as well, used to make pastina with the creamy sauce and romano cheese when I stayed home sick from school.:)
            • Patrick Travis
              February 27, 2010
              I love Risotto and I love pasta. I can't wait to try this.

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