Roman 'Egg Drop' Soup

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Roman 'Egg Drop' Soup
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
195
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
  • 4 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.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Cholesterol
138mg
46%
Protein
15g
30%
Carbs
13g
4%
Vitamin A
164µg
18%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
6.2%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
15%
Vitamin C
6mg
10%
Vitamin D
0.7µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
0.9mg
4.4%
Vitamin K
99µg
100%
Calcium
128mg
13%
Fiber
0.7g
2.9%
Folate (food)
71µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
71µg
18%
Iron
2mg
11%
Magnesium
37mg
9%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
26%
Phosphorus
208mg
30%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
515mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
28.5%
Sodium
885mg
37%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9.6%
Zinc
1mg
8%

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