Stracciatella with Spinach
Stracciatella (from the Italian word stracciato meaning ragged or shredded) is a simple soup, similar to Chinese egg drop. Traditional Italian recipes call for nothing more than chicken stock, eggs, semolina, grated cheese and parsley. The beaten eggs are drizzled into hot stock creating the "shreds" (stracciatelle) of cooked egg. This adaptation, which adds fresh spinach and some pasta, is a common one, and it makes a quick and tasty meatless meal.
- 8 cups chicken stock (see notes)
- 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (or other small cut)
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- 4 scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Parmigiano-Reggiano for grating
Bring the stock to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta until al dente, then reduce the heat to medium-high.
Drizzle the beaten eggs into the simmering stock while stirring continuously. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Add the spinach, parsley and green onions and continue stirring, just until the spinach has wilted. Taste again and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Ladle into soup bowls and grate a generous quantity of Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. Add a few grinds of black pepper if desired.
Makes 4 servings
If you don't have homemade chicken stock, we suggest using low-sodium broth and enhancing the flavor as follows: add 1 clove of garlic, halved lengthwise, along with 2 teaspoons of tomato paste, as you bring the broth to the initial boil. Remove the garlic before adding the pasta.