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Spring Spinach Stracciatella Soup

This delicious, comforting soup is filled with healthy ingredients. It’s best in the dead in the winter when you’re craving some green vegetables.
Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients

2 egg(s), medium
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp lemon zest, fresh
⅛ tsp nutmeg, ground
¼ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
8 cups chicken broth, good quality
12 oz frozen spinach
1 cup frozen peas
10 slices whole grain baguette, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
10 sprigs fresh herbs of your choice, for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Beat the eggs in a medium size bowl. Whisk in bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, nutmeg and black pepper.

  2. Heat the chicken broth and spinach over medium-heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Stir in frozen peas.

  3. While the broth is heating prepare the baguette. Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 400°F (220°C). Brush cut sides of baguette with olive oil. Arrange, cut sides up, on a baking sheet and bake until golden, about 10 minutes.

  4. While stirring with a whisk, slowly pour the egg mixture into the boiling broth. As soon as the small ribbons have formed, remove from the heat and serve.

  5. Serve soup in bowls with a slice of toasted baguette on top. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.

Helpful Tip

This is a healthy version of a simple, classic Italian soup which relies on a good home-made chicken broth, fresh eggs and good cheese. The eggs are beaten into the soup, becoming stracci or “rags”. In some regions of Italy, lemon zest is used in place of nutmeg. This version uses both.

The vegetable used here is spinach but you can also use Swiss chard and any combination of mixed fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, mint or parsley. In the springtime in some areas they even use peas or spring lettuces. Use your favourite Italian grating cheese like Paerve, Asiago, Romano or Parmigianino.

Nutrition Info

Per 295 g serving Amount
Calories220
Protein12 g
Fat8 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate26 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol40 mg
Sodium500 mg
Per 295 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium12
Calcium10
Iron15
Vitamin A50
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B617
Vitamin B127
Folate29
Zinc13