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Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup (Avgolemono Soup)
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Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup

Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup with orzo and fresh vegetables in a fragrant, silky broth. This vibrant vegetarian soup, inspired by Avgolemono Soup, is protein-packed and ready in just over 30 minutes. 
Course Soup/Stew
Cuisine greek
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 340kcal

Equipment

  • Large Dutch oven or stock pot

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped yellow or sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 (2-inch) strips lemon peel, plus 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) lower-sodium vegetable broth (sub chicken broth if not making vegetarian)
  • 2 (15.5-oz.) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup dry orzo pasta (regular or whole-wheat)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 large whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 3 handfuls roughly chopped or shredded kale (sub spinach, Swiss Chard, or escarole)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrots, celery, and lemon peel. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute, until aromatic.
  • Add broth and increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add chickpeas, orzo, salt, pepper, and oregano. Simmer soup over medium-high heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until the orzo is al dente. Reduce heat to low, and remove 3/4 cup hot broth from the soup. Set aside.
  • Place whole eggs, egg yolks, and lemon juice in a large bowl; whisk until combined. While whisking constantly, VERY slowly stream hot broth into egg mixture.
    *Note: It's easy to end up with scrambled eggs if you don't do this properly. When eggs are introduced to heat, they will immediately start to solidify, so to avoid this, you need to temper the eggs. This is achieved when you SLOWLY pour the hot broth into the eggs, while whisking constantly, which brings the eggs up to temperature without scrambling them.
  • While gently stirring the soup with a wooden spoon or ladle, stream the egg-broth mixture back into the pot of soup. Add kale and continue to cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the broth is slightly thickened and greens are wilted. Remove lemon peels.
  • Stir in fresh dill and taste/adjust seasonings as needed. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with extra fresh dill, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.

Notes

To Store: Let the soup come close to room temperature before transferring to an airtight storage container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
To Reheat: This soup reheats best stovetop, however you can also nook it in the microwave for convenience. For stovetop reheating, place soup in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until warm. If the soup appears too thick, add an extra splash or broth or water to help rehydrate it. Alternatively, heat individual portions in the microwave, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until warm. 
To Freeze: Transfer completely cooled soup to a freezer-safe, gallon-sized ziptop bag. Lay flat in the freezer, and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.66cups | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 890mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g