Thursday, April 30, 2015

Avgolemono Soup

Avgolemono Soup

I love when a good recipe comes together.  I am a huge fan of soup, so having the chance to make a new recipe brings me much happiness!  

This traditional Greek soup is normally made with eggs.  Living a plant based lifestyle gave me the opportunity to make this soup accessible without the egg, while still keeping many of the same great flavors.


1/2 yellow onion, peeled and diced small

1 stock celery, washed and diced small

1/2 large carrot, peeled and diced small

4 cups low sodium veggie stock

1/2 cup orzo

Juice from 2 lemons (approximately 1/4 cup, you can adjust this)

2 tsp. lemon zest

Liquid from 1 can of canellini beans (approximately 3/4 cup)

4 tsp. corn or tapioca starch

1/4 tsp. kosher salt (optional)

1/4 tsp. black or white pepper


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute' the onions, celery and carrot for 5 minutes.  You can add a little water if they are not giving off enough liquid or stick.  After 5 minutes, increase the heat to medium high and add the veggie stock.  Cover and let come to a simmer.  As soon as it comes to a simmer add the orzo.  Stir well and cover.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until orzo is cooked.  

While you are waiting for the orzo to cook, combine the canellini liquid, starch lemon zest and lemon juice in a blender. (I used my NutriBullet)  Blend for 3 minutes on high.

When your orzo is cooked, take off the heat and stir in the canellini/lemon liquid and stir well.  Place back on heat and just bring back to a boil, stir well and then you are ready to serve.  

I did notice that it thickened and got nice and creamy if I let it sit for about 5 minutes off the heat, stirred well and then served.  

This soup was wonderful hot, but I also tried it cold, and it was super good that way too.  It would be a wonderful cold soup on a hot summer day.

I garnished with some lemon zest and a sprinkle of dried dill.  


Enjoy and experiment to make this recipe your own. 




  1. Will you marry me?
    YOU are the best! Thank you for making this plant based Greek woman very happy!

    1. Thank you for the great idea Christine. I hope you enjoy it. If there is any other recipe you want me to try, just let me know. :)

  2. Michael, are you seriously considering writing a cookbook? You really should contact a publishing company.

    1. I do have a goal to write a cookbook. I think it would be fun to share my work in book form. :) Thank you for asking. :)