Quick Avgolemono, Orzo, and Chicken Soup

Quick Avgolemono, Orzo, and Chicken Soup Recipe
Avgolemono (ahv-goh-LEH-moh-noh) is a tangy Greek chicken soup that combines chicken broth, eggs, and lemon juice. Traditional versions include rice; our interpretation uses orzo.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

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Recipe Time

Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 228
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 25.3 g
Carbohydrate 16.6 g
Fiber 2.9 g
Cholesterol 244 mg
Iron 2.6 mg
Sodium 855 mg
Calcium 68 mg

Ingredients

6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
4 large eggs
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

Preparation

Bring broth and dill to a boil in a large saucepan. Add orzo. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until orzo is slightly tender. Remove from heat.

Place eggs and juice in a blender; process until smooth. Remove 1 cup broth from pan with a ladle, making sure to leave out orzo. With blender on, slowly add broth; process until smooth.

Add carrot, salt, pepper, and chicken to pan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and cook 5 minutes or until chicken and orzo are done. Reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in egg mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly (do not boil).

Note:

Holly Rudin Braschi,

January 2006
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