If you’re looking for a feel-better soup that requires a handful of basic ingredients and comes together in less than ten minutes, this is IT! Straciatella, or Italian egg-drop soup, is probably the most popular sick-day food in any Italian household. It’s light, comforting, flavourful, and ridiculously easy to make – the perfect thing to make in a flash for yourself or someone you love when they’re unwell. I’ve developed this recipe for a single serving because I can’t count the number of times I’ve been sick and alone, in need of sustenance, and unable or uninterested in cooking up a big batch of anything. But if you’re serving more people just double or quadruple the recipe as needed. Sure, it’s got the ubiquitous chicken broth base (store-bought or homemade, whatever you can muster) which is a feel-good food in and of itself, but it also has protein from the egg and parmesan cheese, some body and starch from the semolina, and a touch of garlic which is known to ward off bacteria (and vampires). While the garlic isn’t traditional in straciatella, I think it’s essential. I also think it’s great as a quick meal in and of itself, especially when it’s cold out. So, make sure you add this one to your repertoire, and thank me later.