Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe

Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe
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Pinot Grigio White Wine

Maryse Chevirere

Pinot Grigio White Wine

This quick, easy version of Greek Avgolemono — lemon soup — is great when you're in the mood for chicken soup but are tired of the noodle standby. Try pairing this with a bright and citrusy pinot grigio and serve this either with some warm, crusty bread, or as a prelude to a veritable Greek feast.

Ingredients

5 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade

2/3 cup long-grain rice

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 large chicken breast, cut into small dice

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons fresh Greek oregano or parsley, chopped, for garnish

Directions

In a large stock pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and cook for 10–15 minutes, or until grains are tender. Once the rice is cooked, remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl, beat the eggs until thick, then whisk in lemon juice and zest. Gradually add in a 1/2 cup of the hot broth from the pot, whisking constantly, in order to temper the egg mixture. Add in another 1/2 cup of broth, whisking again, then repeat with another 1/2 cup.

Pour the mixture back into the stock pot with the chicken broth and reheat over low heat. Add in the diced chicken, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly until the chicken is cooked through and the soup has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, garnish with oregano or parsley

Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes

Wine pairing recommendation: Try the soup with a glass of dry white like the 2009 Gaetano D'Aquino Pinot Grigio. This great-value light bodied Italian white has a nice, mellow acidity with notes of fresh-cut grass and green apple.

Greek Avgolemono Soup Shopping Tip

Stock up on good quality extra-virgin olive oil, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red wine vinegar, oregano, and lemons – these ingredients are central to Greek cuisine

Greek Avgolemono Soup Cooking Tip

Simplicity is the secret to Greek cuisine, so paying attention to details such as marinating, seasoning well, and using only the freshest ingredients is key.