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Hot Stracciatella Soup and Warm Holiday Wishes!

Posted in Abruzzo, Caro Diario.(dear diary..), Christmas, Country House Living, cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, Holidays, La Dolce Vita, slow food, and the Mediterranean diet

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 Anticipating my Christmas in Italy this year and planning my menu…I am reflecting  (for lack of a better word)on(what will be) a  continuing 24 hour meal, from Christmas Eve to the end of Christmas Day. One feels as though they have just finished one meal and soon  starts another without a pause in between.  Christmas Day dinner ,which is usually eaten around 1 or 2 pm begins with a light soup. Although I know this soup as  Stracciatella- different regions have their own names for this dish as well as their own variations. This is a welcome  dish to start a meal on a cold, blustery day. This year, in many parts of the World, Christmas Day should be  a  snowy one..and   this soup (an Italian comfort food) always a ‘comfort food’ )adds to the warmth of the Holiday season..

Stracciatella Soup

This soup serves 4-6


*4 egg yolks

*¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese

*½ cup homemade breadcrumbs (no spices added)

*pinch of salt

*pinch of nutmeg

*grated zest of one lemon

8 cups chicken broth (can also use vegetable broth for vegetarians). Homemade broth is always best. (Check out The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition– for a recipes for Homemade Broth)


Blend together in a bowl the first 6 ingredients. Work them until they are well blended and a form mixture is formed. Simmer broth in a large pot. When broth is simmering whisk in egg yolk mixture with a wire whisk. Simmer for 4 minutes and serve immediately with freshly grated parmigiana-reggiano cheese and finely chopped parsley on top.

 For  easy and festive Holiday recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition

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