Youvarlakia Avgolemono (Greek Meatball-Egg/Lemon Soup)

"Hearty winter fare. Don't forget to serve feta cheese and crusty bread alongside. Note: although it is not traditional to have veggies in this soup here in Greece, I always put a couple in, simply because they taste good. I have carrot and potato on the ingredient list here, but I also often use some minced celery and maybe a smallish zucchini."
photo by Susie D photo by Susie D
photo by Susie D
photo by Susie D photo by Susie D
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • In a large bowl, combine the meat, minced onion, garlic, rice, 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, the mint, oregano, salt and pepper, and 1 egg, slightly beaten.
  • Knead for a few minutes, then shape into walnut-sized meatballs and set aside.
  • In a soup pot, bring the water or stock to boil and add the meatballs.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add chopped onion, celery, carrot, zucchini and potato. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Lower the heat and gently simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes (until the vegetables are tender), then remove from the heat.
  • To prepare avgolemono: beat the two remaining eggs for 2 minutes and whisk in the corn flour.
  • While beating all the while, gradually add the lemon juice.
  • Then add 1 cup of the hot broth in a slow, steady stream (ladle), beating steadily, until nearly all the hot liquid has been added.
  • Add the egg/stock mixture back to the soup pot and heat, being careful not to let it boil, stirring, until thickened.
  • Serve hot, garnished with parsley.
  • Serve this with feta cheese on the side- goes great with the little meatballs.

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  1. This was really a good soup Evelyn. I hope you don't mind, but I just couldn't put 4oz butter in it. I reduced that to 1oz. This is a very easy to make and tasty recipe.
  2. This recipe was so easy to make! I really enjoyed the soup and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my family!
  3. I'm a long term Ev fan and this recipe bears her traditional hallmark which, as a computer professional I really appreciate.. the directions are always crystal clear.. the algorithm is completely unambiguous.. thus the cook is never confused !! I was used to doing youvarlakia with dill.. This was an interesting change. Thanks Ev.. 6 dinner guests including my daughter are singing my ( your) praises..
  4. As usual Ev, a fabulous recipe! I really fancied some Avgolemono (my Greek friends parents used to bring it to me at uni!) and after finding your recipe I wasn't disappointed! Even DH, who at first turned his nose up at the thought of egg in a soup, is a total convert! Thanks so much!
  5. This soup is fantastic !!!! LOVE the flavors. Made as written, minus the pork and mint, didn't have it. I will be making this alot in the future. Thank you, Evelyn


  1. Very flavorful! The potatoes make it very thick and creamy. i used regular white flour and it came out just fine. next time i will use mint instead of dill. i dont care for dill. i think it needs a littlebit more lemon juice too.
  2. Wonderful recipe!!! DH & I both loved this soup and it will be in my regular soup rotation. I did use 8 oz of frozen peas & carrots instead of fresh carrots. I added them towards the end of the vegetable cooking time. I garnished with pasley flakes and thin slices of a red pepper for color as you can see in my photo. I also found this very easy to prepare. Thank you Evelyn for sharing this recipe!!!


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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