Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

Scarlett awoke the other night in a frightened sweat. I’m never really surprised when she has a nightmare because she has pretty vivid dreams on a regular basis but she normally doesn’t remember them. However, the next morning, when I asked her about, she said it was about me. According to Scarlett, with my feet cattle tied, I stood in our kitchen banging my head against the refrigerator. Has the child tapped into my own mind?

With the 100th day of school apparently approaching next month, it seems just about the right time for me to feel bored of our lunch rotation. I’ve also got a to-do list as long as my right leg lately, so finding ideas that inspire me has been sidelined by, let’s say, writing 10 million holiday cards or searching the internet for the color Uggs Scarlett would like for Christmas. (Dear Santa, please find these boots for me!) Perhaps she’s felt my desperation for ideas (or a chef) to help with the noon time meal.
Since Scarlett comes home for lunch, I have five, glorious days a week that I need to come up with a brilliant lunch in a snap. With new ideas diminishing and less time to experiment, I do what any desperate daughter would do–I call my mommy. Thankfully, she shared this quick and easy recipe of my grandmothers for egg drop soup. I can start it at 11am and still be out the door at 11:20 — in time to pick-up Scarlet. So, on that selling point alone, I’d call it a winner but I also like the fact that it includes fresh asparagus, eggs and is served up warm.

Egg Drop Soup


  • 4 cups (950 ml) low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) chopped asparagus
  • 2 Tbsps (30 ml) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh grated parmesan cheese, extra for garnish
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, place butter, asparagus and onion. Saute until vegetables are soft but crisp. Add broth and bring to a simmer, allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat eggs and add parmesan cheese. Then drizzle eggs into broth.

Lightly stir until eggs are cooked. Lower heat and allow to cook another 5 minutes.

Ladle into bowls, sprinkle top with parmesan and serve.

Once again my mother saves the day. Maybe I need to delegate my Ugg search over to her…….

originally posted December3, 2012

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  1. Barby
    November 28, 11:39 Reply

    I will make you Mom’s Egg Drop Soup. That Cute Guy I Married, who definitely isn’t into cooking, makes soup, he loves soup and he loves making soup so I will show the recipe to him and ask him to make it for me! He won’t want the asparagus! I make a cold asparagus dish that he adores because you only blanch the asparagus and it stays crisp. Maybe he could do that with this recipe too and just drop the crisp asparagus in last. I will play with it first as I love asparagus and could eat it three times a day. Now, before I became a retired lady, I was a young mom with two active daughters and for at least a six year stretch I worked for K-Mart Canada. I was a Manager with 157 full and part time employees. I managed the Ladies”, Children’s and Men’s Departments. I was a Cashier Supervisor and I worked 15 years of Boxing Days at the Returns Desk! During that time, one of both of my husband and/or myself were also finishing college at night school for me and him in an entire other city for at least 9 months of every of those years. I didn’t drive the whole time the girls were growing up but made certain that the minute they turned 16 they were off to Young Drivers and our oldest used our car so much that once when her father drove it into our local gas station the young man asked, “Why are you driving Carol’s car?” My youngest is 45, a single Mom and was moaning the other day about what kind of Christmas she would be giving her two children. I asked her if she ever remembers a bad Christmas growing up and her reply was, “Wow, no, you guys busted out every single year!” NOT AT ALL – we were always struggling but I picked up things all year long, hid them away so well that a few times I found things in closets in June and wondered what and when did I buy this. My point is we all do our best with our children and someday when they are grown you will get that you could have cut yourself a whole lot of slack and still have been Mommy Of Everything Ever! Merry Christmas to Ceri and Laura and to all who dwell at Sweet Potato Chronicles. Now that Mr. Cute Guy and I are just the two of us, we don’t really do Christmas, we send $ to the girls and their children and not one child of ours or one child of theirs ever says, “Oh Granny and Papa, $ again!” Cheers and thanks for being in my “family of friends” ….barby PS My youngest daughter had “visions” when she was dreaming, sitting up in her bed talking to her grandmother who was no longer alive! She is the one that will be 46 any day now and I don’t think she has time to dream these days. 🙂

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