Lemony Egg Rice Soup with Mint (Avgolemono)

Winter means lots of soup at our house. Soup with homemade bread, soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, soup with crackers....I am always trying new soup recipes and this one is one of my favorites because for one reason, it uses our fresh eggs in it. It is also very quick and easy to make. And it's creamy, so the ultimate comfort food.

I base mine on a traditional Greek Egg and Lemon Soup (Avgolemono), but added a few of my own touches to it.  You can add chicken if you wish, or omit it. I've made this soup both ways and I love it either way.  I also love that it only uses ingredients that I normally have on hand.

Lemony Egg Rice Soup with Mint


2 Quarts chicken broth
1/2 Cup rice (brown or white both work just fine)
Handful (about one cup) shredded cooked chicken (optional)
Zest from one lemon, reserve some for garnish
4 Fresh eggs
Juice from one lemon
Splash of heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh mint, julienned, for garnish

Bring rice and broth to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add the chicken (if using) and  lemon zest and simmer until just heated.  Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper.

Whisk the eggs and lemon juice in a small bowl and then whisk in a few ladles full of the soup, one ladle at a time so the eggs don't curdle. Add the egg mixture to the soup, add a splash of heavy cream, return to the heat and stir over low until just warmed and bubbles start to form along the edges. Don't allow to come to a boil or the egg will begin to curdle.  Garnish with mint and extra zest. Serve immediately.

This soup is wonderful served with my Cast Iron Frying Pan French Bread.

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  1. I love your lemon rose! You are so creative!

  2. That soup sounds really tasty - I think I'll try it - thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Your mint soup sounds great!! I enjoy tomoato soup with grill cheese sandwiches - need to try your soup!! I have mints growing in my front bushes!! Thought they were good for only mint julips and sweet tea!!

  4. This sounds like the perfect, light soup on a cold day! Can't wait to try it.