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This delicious Italian Stracciatella soup recipe is one of the easiest to make most comforting soups of all time. You will love this full-flavored simple protein-rich soup.
During the cool fall and winter months, I make soup at least once a week. It’s a great way to incorporate a bunch of healthy ingredients and is always so comforting. If you are looking to expand your soup-making recipe repertoire then check out my ham and bean soup or Zuppa Toscana.
Stracciatella is a classic Roman recipe and is essentially an Italian “egg-drop soup.” There are only a few ingredients needed to make this classic soup, although there are a few optional additional ingredients that can be added in.
Pronounced Strah-CHA-tella, Stracciatella is the Italian word for, “rags,” and I suppose once the eggs are cooked in the brodo that they resemble rags. This simple soup can literally be made in minutes and is incredibly tasty.
Ingredients to Make Stracciatella
- Brodo – A simple meat broth or chicken stock or beef stock will work great for this.
- Eggs – Large whisked eggs are what you will use.
- Parmesan Cheese – Finely grated parmesan cheese is what you will need.
- Parsley – Finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley is used.
How to Make Homemade Stracciatella
Use these easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for making this homemade Stracciatella from scratch:
In a medium-size bowl thoroughly whisk together the eggs, grated parmesan cheese, semolina, parsley, and lemon zest.
Slowly add the egg mixture into a pot of hot brodo stirring it constantly for 1 minute until the eggs are cooked.
Finish by adding in some optional baby spinach and then season the soup with salt and pepper.
Garnish with additional parmesan cheese and parsley.
- Spinach: Baby spinach adds some leafy greens to this Stracciatella and is an “American-Italian” ingredient.
- Escarole: You can add in some escarole for some greens in this recipe.
- Basil: Whole or chiffonade basil leaves add some flavor to this.
- Peas: This recipe can be finishes with fresh or frozen peas for additional vegetables.
- Semolina: Occasionally you will see this added in, which will help thicken up the egg mixture and help to make it light and fluffy.
- Lemon: I’ve seen both zest and juice added to the egg mixture before adding it into the brodo for some citrus flavors.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: Although this recipe is best eaten right away, you can make this recipe up to 1 day ahead of time.
How to Store: Once cool, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Due to the eggs in this soup, this recipe does not freeze all that well. If you want to give it a shot, cover it and freeze it for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
How to Reheat: Add the desired amount to a medium-size pot and heat over low heat until warm. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
chef notes + tips
- Feel free to use chicken stock if you do not have time or access to brodo.
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Homemade Stracciatella Soup Recipe
- ½ gallon of brodo or good stock
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup semolina
- zest of ½ lemon
- 3 tablespoons chopped Italian flat leaf parsley + more for garnish
- 2 cups packed baby spinach
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the brodo to a hot simmer and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
- In a medium size bowl vigorously whisk together the eggs, cheese, semolina, lemon zest, and parsley until well combined.
- Slowly pour the egg mixture into the brodo while continuously stirring until the eggs are cooked and resemble rags, which only takes 1 to 2 minutes.
- Finish by folding in the spinach until it is wilted and mixed in.
- Garnish the soup with additional cheese, parsley, and optional red pepper flakes and olive oil.