I was hesitant to make this pumpkin pastina recipe (created by Michael Chiarello for Progresso) because of the calorie count. According to the nutritional information, these really healthy, low calorie ingredients end up being a whopping 590 calories per serving. How did that happen?
I kept track of each ingredient - how much I added and how many calories it contained. I was unable to find any pastina, so I substituted orzo, a tiny rice shaped pasta similar to risotto. I reduced the olive oil to 1 tablespoon and upped the diced pumpkin to 9 oz., otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. What I found out is their serving size is 2 cups, which is way too much food. My recipe came out to contain 242 calories per cup, which is plenty at one time.
I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but it looked similar to the original. If I was to make it again, I would bulk it up with more pumpkin and turkey and reduce the amount of pasta.