With the start of spring comes swells of rain, flushes of flowers, and perhaps most noticeably, sniffles and phlegmy coughs that echo throughout lecture halls. Staying healthy in the midst of this tornado of impeding sickness can seem a daunting task.

As college students, we tend to turn towards the cheapest and most time-efficient options. We often opt for the comfort and convenience of ramen or canned soups over hearty, healthy meals. When we are sick, these options seem even more appealing — after all, most of us associate broth and noodles with having a cold.

But what if you could make a healthy and filling soup using a few base ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge? Stracciatella is a super simple, delicious Italian egg-drop style soup that is guaranteed to chase your cold away.

It might not be your mother’s chicken soup, but it is delicious. And hey — it’s not ramen.

Stracciatella Soup

  • Prep Time:1 minute
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:6 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
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  • Step 1

    Pour chicken broth into a small pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.

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  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, crack in one egg.

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  • Step 3

    Add flour, parmesan, salt, pepper, oregano, and nutmeg to bowl.

    #SpoonTip: Nutmeg may sound weird in a savory dish, but it brings out the flavors in parmesan and helps sooth tummy aches.

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  • Step 4

    Whisk until combined.

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  • Step 5

    Transfer egg mixture to a measuring cup or other container with a spout for easy pouring.

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  • Step 6

    Remove broth from heat. Slowly pour egg mixture into hot broth, stirring lightly to create long ribbons.

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  • Step 7

    Return pot to low heat, add spinach, and stir.

    #SpoonTip: Add-ins like spinach are entirely optional, but they will boost the health factor of your soup. Try substituting other greens as you prefer. 

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  • Step 8

    Simmer until spinach has wilted down and eggs are cooked through, or about another minute.

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  • Step 9

    Transfer to a bowl and top with more parmesan and red pepper flakes, if desired.

    #SpoonTip: The heat from red pepper flakes will actually help clear your nasal passages. But don’t use them if you have an irritating cough. 

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