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Stracciatella with Broccoli Rabe

Serves 8 as a first course (makes 9 cups)

Prep Time
35 mins

Broccoli rabe's slight bitterness contrasts nicely with mellow chicken broth in this variation on a classic Roman soup. Stracciatella means "little rags" in Italian, which describes the effect you get when you stir a mixture of eggs, parmesan, and semolina into hot broth.

Stracciatella with Broccoli Rabe

Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: William Smith
 2 qts. reduced-sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken broth*
 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  Salt (optional)
 3 large eggs
 2 tablespoons fine semolina
 2 ounces parmesan cheese, finely grated (2/3 cup)
 12 ounces broccoli rabe (rapini), flowers and greens only
  Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1

In a medium saucepan, bring broth and garlic to a simmer. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes. Discard garlic. Set aside 1/2 cup broth. Taste broth in pan and add salt if you like.

Step 2

Beat eggs in a bowl and stir in reserved 1/2 cup broth, the semolina, and parmesan.

Step 3

Add broccoli rabe to broth. Simmer until tender but still bright green, 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly pour in egg mixture. Turn off heat and stir back and forth very slowly until little "rags" form. Add pepper to taste.

Step 4

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Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 88Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.7g6%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%
Cholesterol 84mg29%
Sodium 717mg30%
Total Carbohydrate 5g2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 9.3g19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.