Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian Egg Drop Soup with Spinach

Many ancient cultures have a version of egg drop soup, used for centuries to fortify tired souls at minimal cost. Stracciatella alla Romana // Italian Egg Drop Soup // Stracciatella Soup, named for the little shreds of egg it contains, is the Roman incarnation. Baby spinach adds a modern and healthful twist and makes this stracciatella soup a complete light meal with a piece of crusty whole-grain bread. Use good chicken stock and good cheese. With only a few, simple ingredients, it really makes a difference.

Tip

"Stracciatella" comes from the Italian verb stracciare, which means to shred. The gelato flavor, with shreds of chocolate, derives from the soup. There's also a cheese!

Stracciatella alla Romana (Italian Egg Drop Soup)

Many ancient cultures have a version of egg drop soup, used for centuries to fortify tired souls at minimal cost. Stracciatella alla Romana, named for the little shreds of egg it contains, is the Roman incarnation. Baby spinach adds a modern and healthful twist and makes stracciatella a complete light meal with a piece of crusty whole-grain bread. It's a welcome addition to our winter menu.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely ground semolina
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Directions

  1. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, bring the chicken stock (along with 1/2 teaspoon salt, if unsalted) to a gentle boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the eggs, semolina, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and pepper. Whisk with a fork to combine well.
  3. When the stock boils, add the spinach and cook until just beginning to wilt, about 30 seconds. Begin swirling the stock and spinach with a fork, then pour in the egg mixture in a slow stream. Continue swirling until the eggs have set into thin little shreds, and the semolina and cheese have fortified the broth, about 3 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 174 Total Fat:: 8.6g Carbohydrates:: 9.3g Fiber:: 1.7g Protein:: 15.2g