Stracchiatella soup (Italian egg drop soup) is there for you when you really need it! I always have eggs on hand, and it only takes a few more ingredients to deliver a simple, warming, and delicious soup. It’s perfect during the cold winter months.
I’m willing to bet you’ve had egg drop soup before, right? Well stracchiatella soup is like an Italian egg drop soup. It’s super easy to make, and it definitely hits the spot when you need some comfort food in your life.
A friend was telling me about a soup he loved that his Italian grandmother made. He said it has peas, and eggs swirled in it. I hadn’t heard of anything like it before, so I asked my mom about it.
My mom recognized what I was describing and told me about an Italian friend who makes a soup that sounded similar. I definitely wanted to try it!
I love Italian soups like Minestrone soup. You can include so many different hearty ingredients in the mix! Another great soup with an Italian vibe is Hearty Escarole Soup with Pancetta. It is definitely filling. But stracchiatella soup is about is simple (and satisfying) as it gets.
After searching around online a bit, I discovered the name of this soup. Stracchiatella means “little rags” in Italian, which is what the egg is supposed to look like once it’s added to the soup.
My egg didn’t end up looking like little rags in the soup, but it still tasted delightful!
You can add greens to the soup, too, to give it a little color or a little more flavor and substance. Whether you choose peas or spinach or parsley or green onions (you get the picture!) is totally up to you.
The cold weather is a great excuse to stay in and get cozy! Between schools being closed and the roads being snowy and icy (who wants to run to the grocery store in those conditions), I’d say soup should be on the menu.
Whether you need a warming soup or you don’t have much on hand to fix for a meal, stracchiatella soup is that go-to dish you need in your life. Seriously! It’s great if you’re a cash-strapped college kid (or beyond), or you need something delicious and nutritious to eat that doesn’t require a boatload of ingredients.
This soup could even stand in for chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling a little under the weather and you don’t feel like cooking. This is definitely a soup recipe you need in your back pocket!
Try stracchiatella soup whenever you need it most. I guarantee you’ll love it and reach for it again and again.
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Yields Serves 2-4
- 4 cups chicken broth
- Salt and black pepper to season
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley, torn
- Add the eggs to a bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese.
- Bring the broth to a boil and season with the salt and pepper. Reduce heat to simmer.
- Stir the egg mixture. Use a fork to stir the broth, and a little at a time, drizzle the egg mixture into the pan. Stirring, mix the egg mixture to form what looks like strands.
- Simmer for a few minutes, then remove from the heat and add in the parsley.
- Serve hot in individual bowls with more cheese if you’d like.