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Comfort Soup

December 5, 2012

So we join the legions of parents who do laundry at 1 a.m. because their child puked or pooped (in our case, both–but from different children) all over the sheets, and blankets, and pajamas, and stuffed animals.  There is a stomach virus in our house who is a decidedly unwelcome guest.

It has not hit me yet, so I decided to post my favorite comfort soup.  This is what I want when nothing else sounds good.  Chicken soup is okay, but this has protein in the form of eggs, and plenty of garlic and ginger to help clear any head cold or soothe any upset stomach.

Egg Drop Soup

adapted from Emeril Lagasse


  • 6 cups stock (I used veggie)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup or more chiffonade spinach leaves (to chiffonade:  stack several spinach leaves together, and make thin slices)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. or more grated fresh ginger
  • dash soy sauce
  • 4 oz or more noodles (I usually use rice noodles or soba or udon–you can use regular spaghetti if you want but the cooking time will be longer)
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Bring stock to a simmer in a large-enough pot.  Add everything from green onions through pepper.  Make sure it’s simmering, and cook for 3 minutes. or until noodles are mostly done.
  2. Pour eggs into soup in a slow, steady stream, stirring with a fork or chopstick to disperse the egg.  Cook until the eggs are solid–usually a minute.
  3. Drizzle with sesame oil if desired.  Eat steaming hot.  Feel better.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth Frindell permalink
    December 7, 2012 9:06 pm

    Wow! All the best of home remedies! I am on antibiotics, since my sinuses were trashed over decades of catching colds from students. The origin was Schlepping in the snow/ice of Sundance, and this time I have major antibiotics to knock it out–so far, so good!

  2. Neal & BJ permalink
    December 6, 2012 6:38 pm

    Sounds wonderful! Hope everyone is feeling better and no one else got sick. Take care of yourselves!

  3. Penny permalink
    December 6, 2012 6:32 am

    Sorry to hear the bug has attacked the trips. Hopefully you and Alan won’t get it. The soup sounds so delicious. I feel like I should jump up and make some now. Hope they feel better soon. Love, Penny

  4. Abbie permalink
    December 5, 2012 10:31 pm

    I swear it is not my fault. HUGS!

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