Avgolemono Soup with Chicken and Orzo
Do you ever eat something at a restaurant and wish you could make it home? Well, I had this soup over 5 years ago at McLean Family Restaurant which I still think about. All I remembered was that it was Greek inspired and had orzo and lemon flavors. I was never able to find a recipe that seemed similar enough, until this month (no, I have not been searching constantly for years)! I came across this and it made my day. I took a chance at it last night and it came out pretty tasty...it's the soup I remember from years ago. This soup was also great for lunch today, thicker, but still delicious. I highly recommend it!
6 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup uncooked orzo
4 large eggs
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
8 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded into bite-sized pieces
Bring broth and dill to a boil in large saucepan and add orzo. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and remove one cup of broth from the pot (without any orzo in it.) Let it cool for 5 minutes.
Put eggs and juice in blender and process until smooth and frothy. With blender on, slowly pour the one cup of cooled broth that you removed from the pot into the blender and process until smooth. This is to thin out the eggs a little more so they will blend into the soup obediently later on.
Add carrot, salt, pepper and chicken to the broth and orzo in the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until orzo is tender. Reduce heat to low.
Slowly pour in egg mixture, stirring constantly, until soup is heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Do not let it boil or you may get the dreaded curdling. If you do, remind yourself that it is still going to taste just fine.
Ladle into bowls and serve at once.