Finding Nemo Soup

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4 servings

Floating mats of algae, strands of green seaweed, and lots of shells and stuff on the bottom. It's the ocean in a bowl!


  • 8 cups chicken broth , (homemade or canned)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stalk celery , very thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup baby shell pasta , (the smallest)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 250 g fresh spinach , trimmed and cut into strips
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste


  • Pour chicken broth into a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  • Scrub the carrot and slice crosswise into very thin rounds. Add carrot and celery slices to the chicken broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and let simmer about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the shell pasta in boiling water until tender but not mushy. Drain and add to the simmering soup.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg and Parmesan cheese. Pour the egg mixture into the simmering soup, while stirring constantly – it will form long stringy strands and cook almost instantly. Add the spinach and cook for just a minute or two, until wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if necessary.