‘Stracciatella’, when referring to gelato, means choc-chip. It is also a type of creamy cheese from the south of Italy.
But when referring to a delicious traditional starter, it is a typical Roman recipe of home-made broth into which an egg mixture is added to make a ‘stripy’, hearty entrée.
Usually consumed around Easter time, it is one of the last times during the year to enjoy hot food before the warmer weather has us making delicious spring and summer starters like the refreshing cool pasta dishes or bread-based salad recipes such as Panzanella and Pappa al Pomodoro.
To make the simple Stracciatella soup recipe, make your stock by cutting and peeling a medium onion in half and in a non-stick pan, let it slightly burn on both sides. This brings out a great flavour in the broth you’ll be making.
Take a large pot and fill it with cold water. Into the pot, throw in a roughly chopped carrot, a few sticks of celery and the burnt onion. A handful of salt (rock salt is best), a bay leaf and some pepper corns go in there too (keep count of how many pepper corns you toss in there).
(Side note: If you cop and tail the carrots, peel the onion and clean up the celery, you can strain them out later on and puree them the throw back into any left-over broth for a delicious vegetable soup. Keeping count of the pepper corns means you can fish them all out and not get any peppery surprises in your soup!)
Bring the broth to the boil and let simmer for a good half an hour or more until you have a quite flavoursome stock. Pour the liquid through a strainer to clarify the broth.
In a bowl, whisk up one egg per person, with a grating of fresh parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and some nutmeg into the mix.
Bring the cleared broth to the boil and then turn off the heat and immediately pour in the egg mix into the broth, stirring constantly so you the egg cooks into thin white wisps that streak through the broth. Serve immediately, with some extra grated parmesan to taste, and of course, enjoy!
To learn to make delicious, typical Italian recipes before indulging in a delicious meal made by you, we have hands-on cooking classes in Florence and Cooking Classes in a Tuscan Villa.
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