What could possibly be the best Greek soup that you MUST have everyday? Well, you've probably heard of the Greek soup avgolemono? It's a chicken soup that's made from boiling chicken legs or a whole chicken. It's finished off with a few beaten eggs and a heap of lemon. If you're Greek you'll know that this is a traditional soup eaten at Easter to break the fast. You'll also know that its the soup your Yiayia (grandma) or Mum will make and bring to you when you are not well. How wise they are to know what our bodies are really needing when we are unwell.
Avgolemono is a soup made by slow cooking some meat on the bone. The key is to make sure the bones are included as that is where you get the nourishing benefits from. It's cooked for a short time and supercharged with eggs and lemon. Really its the ultimate healing soup when you think about it.
Why you should include this soup into your day
Have you every consider the way this is made is exactly how the “new age” stock or broth is made? Surely you've heard all the hype about drinking broth and how beneficial it is to make your own stock. The vitamins, minerals, digestive benefits, improvement in sleep, brain health, inflammations and so much more are well documented. Those benefits alone should be enough to encourage you to include more into your day!
The problem is, how many of us have the time to make avgolemono every day? Well I want to solve that problem for you as THIS is the soup you SHOULD definitely be adding to your daily menu. If you want to make it the traditional way, by all means check out the free recipe: Avgolemono Thermomix Recipe. The way I like to do it is by using my homemade broth or stock to make a cheats version.
Cheats Avgolemono Egg Lemon Broth Soup
Firstly, yes you will need to make or have some type of liquid stock or broth you can use. This is ultimately the superpower of the dish so don't skip this step. I highly encourage you to make it yourself as you will get so much more flavour and nutrition from it.
Take 200g of that broth and warm it in the Thermomix if not yet warm for 3 minutes/90 degrees/speed 2.
Add fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. For a mild amount use 20g and 50g for a real kick. Start blending on speed 4. Whilst it is blending add 1 egg through the measuring cup and continue to blend for 30 seconds. If you want it really frothy but the measuring cup back on and blend it on speed 5.
Pour it into a large mug and enjoy your quick cup of nourishing soupa. Can I go as far as saying that it's better then the traditional soup? Only because it means that I have one bowl to wash.
There are just so many benefits of adding a soup like this to your day. If lemon and egg soup is not your style, check out the other ways to use your broth and stock.