Sunday, April 7, 2013

Italian Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella Zuppa) For 2 People

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This classic Roman soup is close to the Chinese Take out soup you may know.  Biggest difference is the Parmesan Cheese mixed in with the egg adding a deeper, Earthier nutty taste than the Asian counterpart.

Very very good and tasty and filled with flavor... the soup is deliciously light, low calorie but healthy, filled with protein and the deliciousness of the greens.

In yesterday's post I showed how easy making fresh FREE Chicken Broth from a store bought rotisserie chicken.  Once you have the broth, this soup is done in under 5 minutes.  About the time it takes to whip the eggs and cut the greens is about the time it takes to bring the broth to a boil.

FAST, EASY, CHEAP and so filled with flavors... Buon Appetito

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Italian Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella Zuppa) For 2 People

  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Ounce (4 TBS) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • @ a dozen Parsley Leaves, chopped into thin strips
  • @ a half dozen Basil Leaves, chopped into thin strips
  • @ a Cup Spinach Leaves, chopped into thin strips
  • Freshly Ground Black pepper to taste
  • Salt, if needed
Cooking Directions
  1. Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cheese, parsley, and basil to blend.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir the broth in a circular motion.
  4. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin strands of egg, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the spinach, then season the soup, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve HAT and ENJOY

This soup is very easy.  I slice the greens into slivers.  The easy way to do this is to stack the leaves, and roll them up like a cigar.  Just start slicing from one end and when they are spread out you have nice little slivers.  the fancy french term is Chiffonade.  A great technique to learn as chiffonade basil leaves make a wonderful garnish to make your dishes pretty and photograph-able.

FRESH GRATE THE CHEESE.  Buy a microplane grater.  It is one of those tools that I use almost every day and certainly every week.  Makes zesting lemons and limes easy but also is perfect for hard cheeses like Parmesan.  Freshly grated cheese has SO much more flavor than the pregrated.  This means you can use less and get the same flavor or better still, use the same amount and pump up that flavor.

Don't rush the drizzle of the egg mixture.  If it plops out in a lump, just take a fork and break it up.  You will still get that broken up ribbon of egg look and texture you are after.

If you can, find a clear bowl or in this case a clear coffee mug to serve.  There is beauty in this soup!

This soup is among the easiest I make.  And loaded with flavor, one of the best "ast Food" Dollar Menu item I serve

This does break my rules for a use of a rotisserie chicken as there is no real chicken, simply the broth.  But since there is simply no way of making thsi soup without the broth I am listing it with my collection...

Yes indeed, one of my favorite "52 Uses for a Rotisserie Chicken" (now over 70!!!).

I am trying something a bit new this round of recipes... My own little culinary challenge of seeing just what I can do with a single rotisserie bird. So far, I used a single chicken breast to make a delicious...
Garlic Garlic Chicken and Dumplings (Red Lobster Copy Cat recipe for Garlic Cheese biscuits used as the dumplings). This recipe only uses a single Chicken Breast as the chicken ingredient, leaving plenty of the "bird" to continue the challenge.

I also made a Quick Cheesy, Sweet Corn Chicken Muffin recipe using one of the Thighs.

Next I made a Rotisserie Chicken Shepard's Pie recipe with a second Chicken Breast.

Next I posted a Rotisserie Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza meal using just the meat from the legs.

I also made a Breakfast of Chicken and Waffles using the remaining Thigh.

I even used the Jelly in the bottom of the container to make a Faux Rotisserie Chicken Giblet Gravy.

And I made the Broth from the bones of this bird!

.. And now a record EIGHTH recipe... All from the same bird!

My Goals for the experiment......
  1. Eat Well... Make something that tastes good.
  2. Recipes for 2 people. One of the great things about a rotisserie chicken is the versatility fr a quick meal for small dinners (breakfast and lunch). Save the BIG cooking for another day, let's have something for just my wife and myself (and young couples, empty nest couples and singles)
  3. Versatility... Just how many rotisserie chicken recipes are out there???
  4. Keep Track of the costs... Life on a budget, need I explain more?
  5. Go beyond the basic recipes and add some tips and HOT TO Photos appropriate for less experienced cooks so that indeed...ANYONE CAN COOK THIS!
Total came in for the Broth at FREE...  Broth (when homemade) is FREE, the egg was about 15 cents and maybe a dollars worth of greens!!!

A Great accent to a meal for $1.15!
Stay tuned, come on back again and see what else I make from a single bird!

What could be easier and tastier?


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Recipes for Soup, Chili or Chowder" (Now more than 52 and still growing)

Soup from Scratch is one of the great kitchen joys.  The house smells amazing and the soup warms to the bone.  From broth to chowder, vegetarian to loaded up chili... Even a great idea for a party (love the Potato Soup Bar idea).  Come take a look, sure to have something you might like to try.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Authentic Italian Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop. The world's most popular cuisine, authentic, natural, organic, Farm to Table... the Italians started, perfected or embraced it before it became a fad. This page is a guide to Italian Cooking... For the home cook!  So, Cin Cin (toast) and Buon Appetito (Enjoy your Meal) to you all and let's Cook authentic Italian!


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