As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m busy working on a speech today. But sitting in one place all morning, alternately working with the kids and writing my speech, I’ve begun to feel the chill that sets in when one’s a little too sedentary for a little too long. One solution is to bundle the kids and go for a walk. But for now I’ll just put on a sweater and forge ahead, and look forward to enjoying a warming soup at dinnertime.
The following recipe is one to try. To be honest, I’ve never made this soup, because I like my eggs high and dry, and thoroughly cooked. But I’ve tasted the bread and the broth in my mind, and they tasted good.
Soup for the Troop (“Zuppa alla Pavese”)
24 thin slices French bread
1 cup butter
3 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Melt butter in skillet and fry bread on both sides until golden, adding more butter if needed. Set aside. Bring broth to a boil. Place 2 slices fried bread in each of twelve soup bowls. Break one egg in each bowl, on top of bread. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan on each egg. Slowly pour boiling broth into each bowl, taking care not to break the egg yolks. Serves 12.