Posted by: Erica Retrochef | January 15, 2009

Egg Drop Soup

Feeling the pinch of the Depression? Let’s cook some more with Clara and you won’t feel so bad. I seriously love these videos.

What I found interesting about this was that I typically associate Egg Drop Soup with Chinese cooking (or, at least, Chinese restaurants). Apparently there are European versions as well, which isn’t surprising considering it is basically just soup with eggs mixed in somehow. Clara’s version, which includes Parmesan cheese, looks most like the Italian variant (stracciatella), although it’s not completely accurate.

In any case, the recipe is simple. Sauté diced potatoes and onions. Do it in a pot big enough to make soup, to save on dishes later. (Economical AND efficient!)

Saute the potatoes and onions together

Add water (or broth) to cover. Boil for a while to cook the potatoes some more.

Boiling Stuff

Drizzle in scrambled eggs (which will almost immediately cook), then add whole eggs to poach (which will take a few minutes to cook).

Poach the eggs in the soup itself

Serve over toasted bread and sprinkle with Parmesan. Ignore the fact that it looks kinda lumpy and weird, it tastes really, really good.

Simple, delicious, and inexpensive Each serving gets one poached egg

It’s straightforward and could easily be expanded on — add vegetable or chicken broth instead of just water, scramble the eggs with some spices (nutmeg?) before adding them, sauté some bacon with your potatoes and onions, and so on. Or, if all you can afford is a potato, onion, and egg, just do it this way 🙂 Don’t forget some salt and pepper, though; with only three fairly bland ingredients, you’ll need some flavor enhancers.


  1. When you serve it over a thick slice of bread, it isn’t even really soup any more. There’s not that much broth to begin with, and the bread it enough to absorb all there is. That gives it a very nice texture.

  2. Thanks for the tip, I’ll be trying this. Sounds delish.

  3. My God, that looks like a crime scene. The folks at CSI are sure to want samples.

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