Vegetarian Avgolemono Soup: Avgolemono, a simple Mediterranean soup of eggs, lemons, chicken, and chicken broth is made vegetarian by using meatless chick’n.
Besides French Onion Soup, the other soup I missed greatly when turning vegetarian was Avgolemono Soup.
It’s the greek answer to chicken noodle soup.
Our local Greek restaurant makes a wonderful one.
And I used to eat it a lot.
We still go to Greek food all the time because they do have a ton of vegetarian options.
And when I see it I really want and miss it.
So once I figured out how to make a good vegetarian french onion soup I set my sites on making Vegetarian Avgolemono.
There are not that many ingredients to this soup.
And it’s certainly not a pretty soup.
But it is a tasty one.
Some recipes call for Orzo instead of rice.
I always use rice.
The rice is a much better thickener than the orzo.
Orzo tends to make it gummy in my opinion.
I personally like the soup without the added chicken.
But I added the shredded chick’n for my husband who likes his a little more meaty.
It’s all up to your preference.
But I am happy to be able to have one of my favorites again!
- 8-12 cups no chicken-chicken stock ( I use Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base plus water)
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 4 eggs
- Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 cups meatless chick'n strips I use Gardein), optional
- Bring 8 cups of stock to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat. If you are adding the meatless chick's strips then use 12 cups of stock.
- Reduce heat to medium and stir in rice; cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk eggs and juice in a bowl until frothy, add 1 cup of the simmering stock and whisk to combine; transfer back to the pot.
- Cook, while stirring, about 2 minutes more; season with salt and pepper.
- If using the meatless chick'n strips, prepare as package says.
- Then shred the chick'n best you can. I find using the whisk attachment in the mixer (or a hand mixer) is a great way to shred chicken and chick'n strips.
- Add the shredded chick'n to the soup.
- Serve immediately.