Amaranth in Brodo with Egg and Spinach

This is chef Marco Canora’s take on the pastina in brodo that his mother used to make. Here, tiny whole-grain amaranth stands in for pastina, the smallest shape of pasta. The broth takes time, but it simmers mostly unattended. The rich, deep flavor is fantastic with the nutty pop of the amaranth. Slideshow:  Healthy Soup Recipes 

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
4 to 6


  • 8 whole chicken legs (4 1/2 pounds)

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 turkey wings

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 celery ribs, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • One 12-ounce can whole tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 12 parsley sprigs, plus 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • 1/2 cup amaranth

  • 4 cups baby spinach (4 ounces)

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for garnish

  • Pinch of grated nutmeg

  • Fine sea salt

  • Pepper


  1. In a large pot, combine the chicken, beef and turkey. Fill the pot with 4 1/2 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderate heat, skimming off the fat and foam that rise to the surface, until the broth looks clear, about 30 minutes. Add the onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes, peppercorns and parsley sprigs. Simmer until the broth is very flavorful and reduced to 5 cups, about 2 1/2 hours. Strain the broth through a sieve; discard the solids.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring the strained broth to a boil. Add the amaranth, cover and cook over moderately low heat until the amaranth is tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach.

  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the cheese, chopped parsley, nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Remove the saucepan from the heat and drizzle in the eggs. Cover the soup and let stand, without stirring, for 8 minutes. Gently stir the eggs to break them into strands. Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve garnished with cheese.

Make Ahead

The broth can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.


For a less expensive version, use 5 pounds of chicken backs and 1 pound of beef shin.

Suggested Pairing

This soup has enough richness to pair with a full-bodied white Burgundy.

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