Agvolemono with Broccoli and Spinach

Agvolemono 1

Try not to let the fact that this soup has two of the world’s most-hated vegetables in it deter you.

Speaking of hating vegetables, that is high on my list of Things I Just Don’t Understand. Vegetables are incredibly healthy, cheap, and can be cooked in so many different ways I just don’t see how anyone could flat-out refuse to eat them. (Also on that list: people who give their children ridiculously spelled variations of common names, the appeal of Ed Hardy T-shirts, and why Premier League football isn’t more popular in the US, just to name a few).

A few days ago I saw a reference to agvolemono soup on some website (I can’t remember which of the 23098 food blogs I read while bored at work it was) and I knew it sounded like something I would like. It’s creamy, lemony soup with rice that doesn’t require any heavy cream or unusual ingredients. The name alone was intriguing enough to send me on a lengthy google search to peruse dozens of different recipes for it.

Essentially, all you do is heat some chicken stock, whip up some eggs (or just yolks, depending who you talk to) with some lemon juice, then stir it all together with some rice. I wanted to pack mine with vegetables though, and broccoli and spinach seemed like they would go nicely with the creaminess and lemon flavor.

And there you have agvolemono with broccoli and spinach!

Recipe:
6 cups chicken broth
2 eggs
juice of 2 lemons
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
salt

Heat the chicken broth to a simmer.
Whisk the eggs with the lemon juice in a medium bowl.
Whisk 2 cups of the broth into the egg mixture very gradually (you don’t want scrambled eggs!)
Transfer the eggs into the broth and continue stirring.
Stir in the rice and vegetables, heat through, and season with salt to taste.

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9 Responses to “Agvolemono with Broccoli and Spinach”


  1. 1 Branny July 29, 2009 at 4:10 am

    My H and I always discuss the ridiculously spelled normal names. Just makes that kid’s life a PIA! Anyway, this soup looks delicious. May try a vegetarian version with veggie stock. Too bad it is so hot here in the south. Must remember to make this recipe during winter time.

  2. 2 Melissa July 29, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Delicious! I really want to try this.

  3. 3 elly July 29, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Great twist on the classic greek soup! I really don’t like broccoli, unfortunately. That and cauliflower are the only two veggies I can’t stand. But I can’t stand youn1ke spellings of common names even more. 😛

  4. 4 Biz July 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I love this soup – so light and refreshing – love the addition of broccoli and spinach Cate!

    I grew up with a girl named Jennipher!

  5. 5 Eralda July 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Ohhh, that looks amazing! I love lemon and broccoli together. Yum!

  6. 6 Kerstin July 31, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    What a yummy and comforting soup! I love all the veggies you packed in it!

  7. 7 Jackie at PhamFatale.com August 1, 2009 at 10:05 am

    The soup sounds lovely. I love broccoli and spinach! I’ll try to make a vggie version for my hubby and omit the eggs. Just curious which region does the name agvolemono come from? I first read the title and I was like Ooo what is this? oh btw, I hate ed hardy shirts as well…

  8. 8 Melissa August 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I am with you on the rediculous baby names. Don’t people realize their child has to live the rest of their life with this name?!
    Anyway, this soup looks very interesting. I like spinach and broccoli, but have an aversion to eggs. It doesn’t seem like they would be overwhelming though with only 2. Definitely something to try!

  9. 9 Ari November 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Looks like a great recipe. Can’t agree with you more about names and football. Never heard of Ed Hardy so hopefully I am safe there. Have fun travelling.


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