Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aneta's Minty Egg and Lemon Soup

(3-4 servings)

This simple soup is absolutely wonderful on a cool winter evening. I think it's especially good for those who feel a bit under the weather. The fragrant mint and tangy lemon are very soothing. The chicken broth gains a bit of substance from the rice without becoming heavy. 

Aneta, a friend in Toronto, showed me how to make this delicious soup many years ago. To this day it remains one of my favorites, which I make frequently during the cooler months.

4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped or 1 1/2 tsp dried mint
2 large eggs
2-3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper, if needed

Heat the broth in a saucepan. Add the rice and mint, cover and simmer gently over low heat about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Whisk together the eggs and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.  Stir in about 1/3 cup of the hot broth (to temper the egg mixture), then pour back into the saucepan. Cook for about a minute over low heat only to heat through. Don't allow the soup to come to a boil or it will curdle. It should look smooth and creamy.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed. Add the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice at this point if you prefer a tangier soup.


Sue/the view from great island said...

Oh wow, I love lemony soup, but the mint is a new take on it for me, can't wait to try!

Anonymous said...

Gerlinde this is perfect for what we are dealing with here in New York, we've been stuck in the house all day as an ice storm moves very slowly through! your soup looks and sounds so delicious, warming and just the ticket for this awful weather!! thanks so much!

Sippity Sup said...

These fresh flavors are so unexpected in a soup. Love it. GREG

Carole said...

I need to try this one - maybe with less mint... Cheers

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