Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup is an Italian classic and a family pleasing dish. Packed with shreds of eggs, cheese and parsley mixture and mini veal meatballs for a soul satisfying meal.

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella soup is basically an egg drop soup, referencing the shreds of egg mixture which is poured into a simmering broth and then stirred to form soft pillowy morsels.

A comfort food at best and one that was quite prominent during my childhood years, traditionally served at the start of our Christmas or Easter meal.

Of course growing up Italian, this type of soup was only a prelude to a more lavish 5 or even 6 course meal and generally mamma would serve it in very small portions.

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Did you get your flu shot this year? Well…I kind of missed mine this year and so the nasty flu paid me a visit on Christmas Eve, showering me not with beautifully wrapped presents waiting to be opened. Rather, it sneaked upon me pretty quickly with its aches and chills and also spiking fever.

Not to mention the sleepless nights with a hacking cough that left my sides feeling soccer punched and weak for days! My voice was hoarse and non-existent. I could swear I saw the floor and the walls competing to switch places simply by walking from my bed to the couch.

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

All I can say is thank goodness for Netflix which helped to while away the hours! By the way I highly recommend “Stranger Things” if you have not yet seen it. Do watch it and then let me know what you think!

Enough rambling, lets get back to this yummy soup with these cute little meatballs that make a simple chicken broth so much happier!

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Its pretty easy to make, packed with some delicious flavors and one of my all time favorites.

If you’re up to making your own chicken broth do so, otherwise use a good quality store bought brand.

I have a preference for tiny meatballs in my soups but you can also shape them bigger if you like. Just remember to let them simmer a little longer to compensate for the larger size.

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup

Soups are always a saving grace during cold and flu season, providing enough sustenance to get us through the worst!

But there’s really only one other thing better then this Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup when your feeling under the weather and that would be when someone else graciously makes for you!

So here it is dear Readers, from my kitchen to yours. Lets beat this nasty bug…and you’re most welcome!

If you make this recipe remember to tag @marisasitaliankitchen on Instagram so I can see your creation!

Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup
Mini Meatball Stracciatella Soup is an Italian classic and a family pleasing dish. Packed with shreds of eggs, cheese and parsley mixture and mini veal meatballs for a soul satisfying meal.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 12 cups chicken broth (I used store bought no added salt, fat free and gluten free)
  • 1 pound minced veal
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use fine sea salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley plus 1 tablespoon more for garnish
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Crispy prosciutto pieces for garnish, optional (see note)
  1. In a large bowl combine together the minced veal, beaten eggs, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese, flour and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley.
  2. Mix well by hand and shape into tiny meatballs about ½ inch in diameter.
  3. Bring the chicken broth to a simmer and slowly add in the meatballs.
  4. Let the meatballs simmer for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile whisk the stracciatella ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. When the meatballs are cooked through, slowly pour the stracciatella into the soup and then give it a gentle stir.
  7. Let simmer for one minute.
  8. To serve, ladle into soup bowls and top with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese and crispy prosciutto pieces.
For the crispy prosciutto layer 2 slices of prosciutto between paper towels and cook on high heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Break into pieces and use for garnishing the soup or simply to munch on! Enjoy!



  1. This looks delicious!

  2. I truly love your recipes! Need to start trying them out really soon 🙂

  3. I’m so sorry the flu-bug hit you this year, I hear it’s a nasty strain. Many around me have fallen to it. This soup looks like the perfect comfort food to eat! I crave a bowl of it right now it looks so good. 🙂

    • It’s a pretty nasty flu season isn’t it! There’s nothing better in my opinion then a yummy bowl of soup when hit with the flu…I would so love to share with you! Thanks Kathryn😊

  4. It’s awful to hear you were sick over the holidays Marisa, hope you began the year healthy! This is the perfect soup and conjures happy memories. Thanks for sharing!

    • The New Year was a little better thanks Nadia! I’m so happy hear it brings back happy memories for you! Mini meatball soups were the absolute best while growing up! Thanks so much😊

  5. Glad to hear you’re better. Chicken soup is indeed a great remedy for cold, and this one looks so very tasty! 🙂

  6. Italian style wedding soup with egg drop, BUONA!

    • Hi Antonio…..yes some refer to it as Italian style wedding soup and spinach is usually tossed into it! Growing up it was always called stracciatella soup at home! Thanks so much for dropping by!

  7. Now, I’m confused. At an Italian restaurant, we enjoyed stracciatella as an hors d’oeuvres, after being told it was the “inside” of Bugatti. Is this a different spelling? No matter what, this soup looks divine. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Stracciatella for me is rather a term that’s used to reference the egg drop mixture that greatly resembles “shreds or rags” in appearance. It’s what my mom always called her broths or soups that contained this egg mixture! But now I’m confused…what is the “inside” of Bugatti? I’d love to know😊

      • our Fresh Stracciatella is the stuff dreams are made of. With a name meaning “little rags”, this soft-textured cheese is made from cow’s milk cheese churned into curds. Following Italian style methods, the curds are stretched and shredded into ivory-hued strands that are soaked in heavy cream, providing a soft, milky and delicious cheese with hints of saltiness. Most famously, stracciatella is used as a luscious filling for burrata, but it can also be enjoyed by itself, alongside juicy tomatoes and veggies, on top of salads, or spread onto bread and topped with a sweet jam or spread. In this way, what was once a simple peasant dish has now become a beloved gourmet cheese in its own right. This cheese is made by

      • I’m sorry, auto correct! Buratta!!! I send you a copy of text from Amazon about stracciatella – looks like we’re both right. I’ve just only had it the one way, and was told it is the soft inside of buratta.

      • Ah yes….lol! Now that I’ve heard of as well! Also stracciatella ice-cream which has ripples of chocolate strands or other flavoured strands of add ins!I actually googled Bugatti and came up with the “car” and restaurants by that name! That’s too funny!

      • OH! I was wondering why the autocorrect kept going to Bugatti!

      • Speaking of Buratta cheese…I am actually working on a recipe using it!

      • It’s so good! I have a photo I took of stracciatella while shopping in Eataly in NYC. It’s freshly made and doesn’t last long, so I didn’t buy it. We had it at Manza, a restaurant in Eataly, served simply with grilled bread. Amazing.

  8. Hope you are fully recovered now dear. I’ve had to spend a Christmas lying in bed because of a flu and know that it is not pleasant. My husband tells me that during his bachelor days, he use to try to mimic this soup by dropping an egg into a pot of Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup. He is very grateful for this recipe. Thank you once again Marisa!

    • Lol….I can just imagine a bachelor doing just that and am sure he’s much more adventurous nowadays! But it’s really simple to put together and the tiny meatballs are optional if pressed for time!
      I’m feeling so much better now, thank-you Annika😊 Enjoy the soup and I’m sure your husband will be all too happy to make it for you😉

  9. Perfect for the season! Brilliant share Marisa.

  10. I always get sick when I finally have time to relax (AKA the holidays!). Glad you’re feeling better. This soup sounds like the perfect remedy. Delicious!

    • Thank you Ann! Funny enough just the day before I fell ill I had so much energy and ventured out in all that snow to finish my Christmas shopping! Thanks for dropping by Ann😊

  11. There is nothing worse than being hit with the flu… glad to hear you are feeling better. Where would we be without netflix! This soup has brought back so many childhood memories… great post Marisa. Thanks for sharing ♥

    • Foods that bring back so many fond memories are so comforting, aren’t they! Netflix is great but sometimes too much of a distraction….😉 thanks for dropping by Maria!

  12. Soup is great comfort food if you’re feeling under the weather, and this certainly fits the bill. Sorry to hear about your flu. I just Netflixed through a short bout myself.

    • It seems the flu has not escaped many this year! There’s nothing better then a bowl of heart warming soup for sure during these times. Thanks Stefan!

  13. This Meatball Stracciatella soup looks like just the soup for when you have the flu. I hope you had someone make you some! Even though I’m Italian we never have meatballs in our stracciatella soup but I think I like it better your way. I was never really a fan. Meatballs are a great addition!

    • Hi Marcellina, my mom always marked special occasions with tiny meatballs in our Stracciatella soup. I always marvel at how dishes are prepared differently from one region to another in Italy but then again that’s the beauty of Italian cuisine. Thank you for your comment Marcellina😊

  14. The coming together of two of my favorite soups, brilliant! What could be better when feeling under the weather in the midst of winter. I must try this soup Marisa and let me say, your photos are fantastic.

    • Thanks so much Paula! I must say soups with tiny meatballs are a definite “pick me up” for me especially when feeling under the weather and always remind me of my childhood! Hope you get to try it 🙂