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Turkey Avgolemono Soup

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This classic lemon orzo Greek soup traditionally made with chicken is a great option for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It’s creamy, light and bursting with lemon and dill for freshness.

I feel very un-American saying this but usually white, creamy soups freak me out. Pretty sure it all traces back to a long ago run in with a can of cream of mushroom soup that I thought you just ate as is not realizing you’re supposed to add water. 

I gag a little just thinking about that.

Turkey Avgolemono Soup

A few years after that experience I went to Greece right after my high school graduation.

Among moussaka, patstisio and what seemed like a million Greek salads over the course of 10 days, I had a single bowl of avgolemono soup that completely changed my tune about creamy white soups.

It was creamy, but not overly so, bright and fresh thanks to lemon and dill but hearty and filling thanks to the orzo.

In short, perfection.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Avgolemono Soup

I’ve had a few bowls since in the U.S. and unfortunately not a single one has compared, not even the one I got AT a local Greek festival. When you add eggs to hot liquid it can either be amazing or a hot mess. Unfortunately, I seem to have tried the hot messes.

Don’t be freaked out by the egg thing either, if you temper them correctly (and that’s not hard, just takes some constant whisking) you’ll be fine. If you’re lazy about it, you’re gonna end up with scrambled eggs in a lemon soup and that’s not only weird, it’s gross. Don’t be lazy.

Avgolemono usually has chicken in it but what better time to switch things up then Thanksgiving when you probably have pounds upon pounds of leftover turkey sitting in your fridge?

{Looking for more Thanksgiving leftover ideas? Check out these stuffing frittata bites or this open faced turkey cranberry enchilada melt.}

Greek Lemon Orzo Turkey Soup

I was so excited to have Ulysses try this one knowing that I willingly made a traditional Greek dish and he didn’t even have to drop hints about wanting it to get me to.

What was his response on the first spoonful? “I don’t like dill.” Um, excuse me? You’re first generation Greek and YOU DON’T LIKE DILL? I can’t even guys…

Since you can’t trust a dill hating Greek, take it from me, this turkey avgolemono soup is amazing. If you’re not hosting, make sure you grab some leftover turkey from whoever is and put this one on the menu for sometime over the long weekend!

Turkey Avgolemono Soup

Turkey Avgolemono Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This classic lemon orzo Greek soup traditionally made with chicken is a great option for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It's creamy, light and bursting with lemon and dill for freshness.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • leftover shredded turkey

Instructions

  1. Place the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened and translucent but not browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots to the pot and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the broth and water then bring to a low simmer.
  5. Remove about 1 cup of liquid from the pot with a ladle and transfer to a blender. Let cool a few minutes then add the eggs and lemon juice to the blender and blend until foamy, about 30 seconds. Set aside.
  6. Add the orzo to the pot, stir, cover and let cook until tender about 7 minutes.
  7. Remove the cover and slowly pour the egg mixture from the blender into the pot over low heat, whisking constantly as you do this. Don't pour too fast or over too high a heat otherwise, you'll end up with scrambled eggs in your soup!
  8. Add the dill to the pot and season generously with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Lastly, add as much leftover shredded turkey as you'd like and stir to combine.
  10. Soup will thicken as it sits and especially once refrigerated.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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Sal

Monday 30th of November 2020

This is a keeper! We just finished a late lunch, and enjoyed bowls of this along with sandwiches. I can't wait to try it after it's been refrigerated overnight, and it's thickened up a bit more.

Karen Laura

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Thank you for posting this receipe ! Just wonderful. I also will use tempered eggs in other cream soups instead of other dairy products.

Jana @ OhThatsTasty

Sunday 29th of November 2015

I LOVE avgolemono soup! I've never had it in Greece: only in my own kitchen. I like to use basil in it; you might try that on Mr. Dillhater. I'm sure it's not traditional, but I like to add a little spinach, too. More veggies in the bowl!

Genius idea to use leftover turkey, too!

Running to the Kitchen

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Love the idea of basil! Definitely trying that next time.

Margaret Ann @ MAK and Her Cheese

Saturday 28th of November 2015

I love the idea of using eggs to make it creamy! Looks fabulous. Do you think the egg would solidify in the soup if I reheat it a lot? (I like my soup really hot ;)

Running to the Kitchen

Saturday 28th of November 2015

Nope, it will be fine reheated as long as you temper it properly when making the soup. I've reheated multiple times without issue!

Amy

Friday 27th of November 2015

Wow, looks nice and creamy, great comfort food.

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