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A bowl of cooked acini de pepe pasta.

How to Cook Acini di Pepe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound cooked pasta 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired


Acini di Pepe – learn all about this tiny pasta! What it is, how to cook it and what our favorite way to use it!


  • 6qt water
  • 1 pound acini di pepe pasta
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Add water to a large sauce pan.
  2. Add salt and bring to a boil
  3. Add acini de pepe pasta. Reduce to simmer and let cook approx. 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain and use in your favorite recipe – we love it in this Italian Wedding Soup!


  • Acini di pepe vs. coucous: These are different types of pastas that require different cooking directions. Do not confuse the two.
  • Gluten-free: This pasta is made with semolina flour, which comes from a type of wheat, making it not gluten-free.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.