Sicilian Sciusceddu: Italian Egg Drop Soup


Sicilian sciusceddu - Italian egg drop soup

Sicilian sciusceddu – Italian egg drop soup

When most people think of an Italian egg drop soup they think of the classic stracciatella, which is basically a flavorful broth stock fortified with a mixture of eggs and Parmesan whipped into the soup while boiling hot.  Presto, instant deliciousness! Sciusceddu is a Sicilian version of this dish.

caciocavallo cheese

caciocavallo cheese

This soup has the wonderful addition of tiny meatballs, ricotta, and caciocavallo cheese, along with the eggs. You will enjoy an egg drop soup unlike any other. In some recipes, you pipe the ricotta mixture over the soup and then bake it until the top is golden brown. I personally like to add the ricotta to the egg, then whisk it into the broth. The soup has a nicer appearance this way, and it still tastes great.  Plus those little tiny meatballs can now smile up at you and make you happy since they’re not covered!

Another great attribute to this soup is that it’s hearty enough for winter months and lends itself nicely to those early weeks of spring when the temperature is still a bit nippy. It can stand on its own as a quick lunch with some fresh Italian bread.  One thing for sure it will warm you up quickly and nourish you well. My (Calabrese) side of the family made a soup like this quite often, it had all the components of a sciusceddu without the ricotta and Parmesan was often substituted for the caciocavallo cheese.  It was a soup that I grew up on and nowadays I like to make whenever I get the chance. 

So, a nice opportunity arose last month and I took full sciusceddu advantage of it. I made this soup as one of the courses at my guest chef event with the Åland Island Hotel Group for their flagship Kvarter5 Restaurant. The event took place this past March while the weather was still quite cold.  My sciusceddu soup proved to be pleasant surprise for the dinner guests and was even a big hit with the other chefs.  Give it a try with and without the meatballs.  Sometimes I leave out the meatballs and simply stir in some fresh spinach leaves for a different twist; you can get a little creative on your own.  Either way, this soup is a true crowd pleaser every time!