Roman 'Egg Drop' Soup

Roman 'Egg Drop' Soup
Staff Writer

Lidia Bastianich

"Stracciare means 'to rip to shreds' in Italian, and, indeed, that is how this soup looks after stirring some beaten eggs with some grated cheese in a good chicken broth. Once you have a good chicken broth the rest is easy. Stracciatella is usually served with shredded spinach and beaten egg, but I recall having it with just egg and cheese when spinach was not in season. In the Italy that I grew up in, seasons made a difference, not only in how we dressed, but in what we ate. This a great restorative soup, used in most Italian families."

— Lidia Bastianich

6
Servings
588
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8  Cups  de-fatted homemade chicken stock, or store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 1/4  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 4  Cups  packed spinach leaves, shredded
  • large eggs
  • 1/3  Cup  grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

In a medium pot, bring stock to a simmer with 1 teaspoon salt. Once stock is simmering, add spinach and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, grated cheese, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and some freshly ground black pepper to taste. 

Once spinach is tender, add about 1/3 of the egg mixture to the soup, while continuously whisking, to make shreds of eggs. Add remaining eggs in 2 more batches, letting the soup return to a boil between additions. Once all of the eggs have been added, bring soup to a final boil and use the whisk to break up any large clusters of eggs. Serve soup with additional grated cheese.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
18g
20%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
117g
90%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
107µg
15%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
145µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
60mg
6%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
10g
40%
Folate, total
41µg
10%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
52mg
16%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
114mg
16%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
2340mg
100%
Water
266g
10%

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