So my question today was what do I want for dinner? Completely uninspired and close to grabbing take-out, I asked a co-worker and he suggested Egg Drop Soup….which got me thinking that I haven’t had Avgolemono (Greek lemon orzo soup) –also has eggs in it- in years. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years so it has been at least that long, as it’s usually made with a whole chicken as the base for the broth. I started this recipe by looking online at recipes and really didn’t find one I liked. So, I called my mom and she and I worked out a new recipe while on the phone for a good hour. Here is what we came up with, enjoy!
Vegetarian Lemon Orzo Soup (Avgolemono)
o 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
o 1 large onion, chopped
o 3-4 large carrots, chopped
o A head of celery, chopped
o 8 cups of water
o 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
o ½ tablespoon dried oregano
o 1 cup orzo
o 3 eggs
o The juice of 2 lemons
o Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat EVOO in large soup pot, add veggies and sweat them out for a few minutes.
2. Add 8 cups of water and bring to slow boil. The longer you cook this, the better broth you will end up with.
3. While veggies are cooking, prepare 1 cup of orzo according to directions on the box.
4. Use immersion blender or food processor to break down big pieces of veggies when broth is ready (broth should cook for at least ½ hour).
5. Add orzo to prepared vegetable broth.
6. In separate bowl, whip eggs and add lemon juice. Slowly add a few tablespoons of the broth to the lemon egg mixture at a time, to avoid curdling the eggs. Do this until the lemon mixture is hot enough to add to soup pot without cooking the eggs.
7. Add salt to taste and enjoy!
At first I wasn’t sure about this recipe, I was going for a very specific taste when I set out to make this. Once the soup cooled down and I added enough salt to take the place of the missing chicken, it was divine! I will absolutely make this again. Next time I might consider roasting the veggies before adding the water for a richer flavor.
The onion was probably about $.50, the carrots were $.44, and the celery was $.88 all from Sprouts. I had the spices and eggs on hand. The lemons were $.84 and the orzo was $1.50 from Fresh and Easy. The total for this big pot of soup came out to $4.16. A great deal!!
Look Forward To
Doing something with all of these plums, nectarines and tomatoes…I’m thinking of plum oat muffins and maybe a homemade tomato sauce but that could change with my mood.