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Fast & Easy Dinner: Greek Lemon and Orzo Soup

Fast & Easy Dinner: Greek Lemon and Orzo Soup

Looking for a comforting new soup to introduce to your family? Take them to Greece with this variation of avgolemono, the classic Greek soup made with chicken broth, eggs, and lemon juice.

Traditionally rice is added to thicken the soup, but this recipe calls for orzo. The consistency is rich and the flavors clean and soothing. To learn the effortless technique,


Greek Lemon and Orzo Soup

Greek Lemon and Orzo Soup

Greek Lemon and Orzo Soup


  1. 64 ounces (8 cups) chicken broth
  2. One 2-inch strip lemon peel and juice of 1 large lemon
  3. 1 bay leaf
  4. Pinch saffron or saffron powder
  5. 1/2 cup orzo
  6. 2 large eggs plus 3 large yolks
  7. 2 drops hot sauce
  8. Flat-leaf parsley, chopped (a couple of generous handfuls)
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  10. Pita chips (any flavor), optional for serving


  1. In a soup pot, bring the broth, lemon peel, bay leaf and saffron to a boil. Stir in the orzo and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Cover, remove the pan from the heat and let the orzo steep for 5 minutes. Discard the lemon peel and bay leaf.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks, lemon juice and hot sauce.
  4. Whisk in 1/2 cup soup to temper the eggs, then whisk the egg mixture into the soup. Cook on low heat, whisking, for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the parsley; season with salt and pepper. If desired serve with pita chips.

Serves 4.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
OoOoooo interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
OoOoooo interesting.
telane telane 8 years
That sounds really good! I also wonder if saffron is necessary... I don't think I have had anything with saffron in it?
emalove emalove 8 years
Sounds different...I bet I'd like it.
Food Food 8 years
I can't wait to make this. Avgolemono might just be my favorite soup of all time.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
This looks really good & easy to make. I love making soups in the winter. Do you think the saffron is necessary?
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Of course you can use vegetable broth!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love the sound of this soup - i might have to try it :) i hope that i can make it so it tastes good - i love lemon, but i always have this fear that i'll end up putting too much in and the flavor will be way too sour.
Alissa-TG Alissa-TG 8 years
This sounds very interesting, and I would like to give it a try, but could I use vegetarian broth instead of chicken broth?
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