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Avgolemono Soup

Avgolemono Soup

I have been wanting to try an avgolemono soup for a while now. An avgolemono soup is a soup that is made with chicken stock, eggs and lemon juice. Since I had my freshly made chicken stock and some leftover lemons it was the perfect time to make the avgolemono soup. Many recipes that I found for avgolemono soup had little more that the base ingredients but my fridge was full of leftover chicken and vegetables and I could not resist throwing them into the soup. Several of the recipes included rice or pasta and I had some orzo pasta that I had been wanting to try so it went in as well. I also had some fresh dill that also went in. In the end I guess it turned out to be a fairly hearty chicken noodle soup with avgolemono sauce. I cut the vegetables into really small pieces so they they were tender by the time the orzo was cooked. The soup turned out to be pretty tasty. I really enjoyed the lemon and dill flavour of the soup. I also enjoyed the orzo pasta. The orzo added a nice soft chewy texture to the soup.

Ingredients:
8 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
1 cup chicken (cooked, shredded)
1 cup orzo
1 onion (chopped)
2 carrots (chopped)
2 stalks celery (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
2 lemons (juice)
1 handful dill (chopped)

Directions:
1. Place the chicken stock, chicken, orzo, onion, carrots, celery, oregano, salt and pepper into a pot.
2. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the orzo is cooked, about 10-12 minutes.
3. Take the pot off the heat.
4. Whisk the eggs in a bowl until frothy.
5. Whisk in the lemon juice.
6. Slowly whisk in some of the liquid from the soup to temper the eggs.
7. Mix the avgolemono sauce into the soup.
8. Stir in the dill and serve.

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39 comments:

Neen said...

So, do you think that the soup was better with the cooked chicken, veggies and orzo? It sounds great the way you made it, but kind of overwhelmingly sauce-y with fewer ingredients. What's your thought?

Kevin said...

I really liked the avgolemono soup with all of the extra ingredients but I think that the version with fewer ingredients would also be tasty. Perhaps they each have their place. The lighter version as more of a side dish that is part of a larger meal. The heavier version might make for more of a lunch or a light meal.

Psychgrad said...

This looks awesome. I just need to pick up some orzo.

I made your pasta with pancetta recipe - from the Presto Pasta Nights from a couple of weeks ago. it was really good!

RecipeGirl said...

I definitely love this kind of soup!!

Kalyn said...

This is something I will nearly always order in a Greek restaurant; I just love it. I made my own too a few years ago, and it turned out to be much easier to make than I'd imagined. One of my Greek friends tells me that the soup should only have stock, rice, and the egg-lemon mixture, but I put chicken in mine too.

Gigi said...

I've never heard of this soup. It sounds yummy and something I would like to try very soon.

Peter M said...

Bravo Kevinm the Avgolemeno looks superb.

You're the honourary Greek of the week!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh gosh....very hearty, perfect for cold winter nights :)

although it's getting warmer here in hong kong :)

Zen Chef said...

I never tried to make Avgolemono soup but i must say, after looking at the picture i might give it a shot. Looks delicious! Nice job!

Maryann said...

Looks good, Kev :)

AnticiPlate said...

This looks delicious! I don't think I have ever tried this soup at a greek restaurant. It seems easy enough! I will try it soon.

Emiline said...

I think it looks beautiful, and adding the extra ingredients sounds like a good idea to me. More filling. And dill! Brilliant!

Sylvia said...

I am not a big fan of soup, I just like a few,mostly creamy soup. But I must admit that soup looks divine and I like the ingredients specially dill that I think that combine very well with chicken

Bellini Valli said...

This is Greek week for you with the chicken, the lemon potatoes and now avgolemono soup:D All have wonderful flavours. I love this simple and delcious soup with or without veggies:D

Elly said...

Nice additions to the classic soup, Kevin. Looks great! With the dill and the orzo are you sure you aren't Greek? :)

giz said...

Avgolemono is a soup I've wanted to try for ages and for some reason seemed so daunting. Yours looks beautiful and the picture is worthy of a frame.

C said...

This soup is probably my biggest kitchen disaster to date. I don't know if my eggs curdled or if it was just the soup itself, but it tasted like the bottom of a cat's foot. Or what I perceive to be the bottom of a cat's foot. Yours looks delicious.

Megan said...

I ve never even of Avgolemono soup but it looks like I've been missing out. And so easy with pantry products. Another recipe bookmarked!

Sarah C. said...

It has been so cold here lately and this soup goes perfectly with the weather. I will definitely be trying this soon. Great photo too!

Cakespy said...

Do you remember that commercial with Sally Struthers where the orphan says "I never met you but I love you"? Well...that is how I feel about this soup. Excellent!

Helene said...

I think I would like your recipe. I never make avgolemono soup before but I should give it a try.

Elle said...

I always get avgolemono soup when we eat at a Greek restaurant in the area. They also put chicken in it. I like your idea of adding the vegetables, too--it looks like a bowl of wonderful comfort food.

Gloria said...

Kevin, Really I love this soup, but al you make is nice an looks delicious, I want make your french bread!!! When I se them Im hungry!!!xx Gloria

Deborah said...

I have actually never even heard of this kind of soup. And I thought I had tried every kind of soup there was!!

Rosie said...

Pure comfort food in a bowl looks and sounds amazing!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I've also never had this before, but it looks like something I definitely need to try. Very nice work

maybahay said...

another winner kevin. this sounds mighty tasty.

Lisa said...

Kevin;

You should submit a spicy vegetarian soup to this month's edition of No Croutons Required. You know, you almost won last month's challenge!

~Madeline~ said...

This soup looks fantastic! I can't wait to make it.

Jaime said...

interesting, i've never heard of this type of soup before...it sounds delicious though

Lexi said...

I've been trying for several years now to mirror a favorite Greek restaurant's Avegolemono Soup. Yours looks pretty close to what I'm looking for--more a hearty chicken soup MEAL, rather than an appetizer. I think my continued failures have been the fact that I let the soup simmer once the lemons have been added. Also, in years past I have been hesitant to add the eggs. I finally have faith in my cooking abilities not to botch it up.

birthright midwife said...

I have made avgolemono before, the simple way and it was great, but I didn't get the ratios quite right. I think yours is absolutely delicious. Thank you.
This is my first visit to your blog, so I will be back to try more of your meals.

JadedOne said...

I tried this out on Thursday. The flavors were really good :) Thanks for posting it!

Shannon said...

This was absolutely amazing! After some disappointing recipes at some restaurants, this was fantastic. Great quick, easy, delicious meal for the grad student on the go, I definitely think I'll be eating this all week. I added a little more chicken and orzo for heartiness. Thanks for posting!

Rookie Bebe said...

Could this be frozen since there's no cream or milk in it?

Kevin said...

Rookie Bebe: I have always finished this too quickly to freeze but I would imagine that it would freeze well.

adrian said...

My favorite soup to get from my grandmother when i was a little sick girl. Yours looks, and I bet tastes, beautiful.

yiayia said...

You could also make the avgolemeno in a blender. Mix the eggs first and beat then add the lemon then add as much of the hot chicken broth.that will fit into the blender. Add the avgolemeno sauce to the rest of the soup and stir so it does not curdle. As far as freezing it does not freeze well.

Kevin Lynch said...

yiayia: I will have to try it in the blender next time! Thanks!

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