I still have some spinach from the big bag I bought at Costco. We had chicken the other night, so I had made broth from the bones and scraps, figuring on making soup. One of my daughters is on half-days at school this week so I thought welcoming her home with a nice bowl of warm soup would hit the spot. I started out making their simple favorite, which we’ve come to call Frog’s Eyes Soup due to the little tiny pasta: it’s essentially chicken broth, sliced carrots, tiny pastas, parsley, and some Parmesan cheese. Haven’t yet met a kid that wouldn’t eat that!
But when I started to make this I saw that big bag of spinach starting at me from the shelf and thought I’d add some spinach. I sliced it into tiny strips and added it to the broth that was simmering. Then I spied Dom DeLuise’s cookbook Eat This .. It’ll Make You Feel Better and thumbed through it. I don’t know whether it’s his commentary or pictures or recipes, but so far my kids have loved everything I’ve made from that. I saw a recipe for soup with spinach and tiny meatballs. I didn’t have tiny meatballs but pulled some regular sized ones out of the freezer and added those, then threw in some sliced celery for good measure. When everything was cooked, I mixed together two eggs and poured them slowly into the broth while it simmered, stirring at the same time to make “rags” from the eggs. Dom called it stracciatelle or “rag soup” but similar recipes I’ve seen call it “Wedding Soup.” I’m not sure what we’ll call it but my daughter ate two big bowls of it for lunch and pronounced it “great!”