Youvarlakia Meatball Soup

Youvarlakia Meatball Soup
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Servings 10

AuthorMyHorioTotal Time1 hr 30 minsRatingDifficultyBeginner

Youvarlakia, or meatball soup, is a soothing and delicious meal perfect for when the weather becomes cooler. This soup is simple to make, but has an incredible depth of flavor derived from the traditional greek avgolemono (egg and lemon) sauce.

 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
 ½ cup uncooked rice
 1 bunch parsley; chopped finely
 1 large onion; chopped finely
 2 eggs
 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 2 tsp salt
 2 tsp pepper
Avgolemono (Lemon and Egg Sauce)
 3 eggs; room temperature
 3 lemons; juiced
1

To make youvarlakia, or meatball soup:

Place ground beef, uncooked rice, parsley, onion, eggs, oil, salt, and pepper into a large bowl.

Mix and squeeze the mixture with your hands until everything is thoroughly incorporated.

Chill the meat mixture in the refrigerator until the next step is done.

2

Pour six cups of water Into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Once it's boiling, turn the heat down to medium.

3

Take the meat mixture out of the refrigerator and start forming the meatballs with your hands.

As each meatball is formed, add them to the lightly boiling water. There should be enough water to almost cover the meatballs.

Once all the meatballs are in the water, put a lid on the pot and let them cook for half an hour.

4

Once the meatballs are cooked, take them off the heat, remove the lid, and let them cool for 15 minutes.

Egg and Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)
5

While the meatballs are cooling, whisk three room temperature eggs in a bowl.
Add the juice of three fresh lemons and whisk again.

Slowly add some of the hot liquid to the lemon and egg mixture (only do this after 15 minutes has elapsed).

Whisk quickly (I use my 1/2 cup measuring cup, but you can use a ladle if you prefer).

Keep adding the hot liquid (slowly) by 1/2 cup and mix until the lemon and egg mixture has tempered and is the same temperature as the soup.

6

Stir in the tempered lemon and egg mixture into the youvarlakia.

Stir gently to incorporate, and let it sit for a bit. It will get thicker as it sits.

Taste and add salt if needed.

7

Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of fresh parsley alongside some fresh bread, and a green or greek salad.

See more delicious main meal recipes here.
See more soup recipes here.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
 ½ cup uncooked rice
 1 bunch parsley; chopped finely
 1 large onion; chopped finely
 2 eggs
 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 2 tsp salt
 2 tsp pepper
Avgolemono (Lemon and Egg Sauce)
 3 eggs; room temperature
 3 lemons; juiced

Directions

1

To make youvarlakia, or meatball soup:

Place ground beef, uncooked rice, parsley, onion, eggs, oil, salt, and pepper into a large bowl.

Mix and squeeze the mixture with your hands until everything is thoroughly incorporated.

Chill the meat mixture in the refrigerator until the next step is done.

2

Pour six cups of water Into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Once it's boiling, turn the heat down to medium.

3

Take the meat mixture out of the refrigerator and start forming the meatballs with your hands.

As each meatball is formed, add them to the lightly boiling water. There should be enough water to almost cover the meatballs.

Once all the meatballs are in the water, put a lid on the pot and let them cook for half an hour.

4

Once the meatballs are cooked, take them off the heat, remove the lid, and let them cool for 15 minutes.

Egg and Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)
5

While the meatballs are cooling, whisk three room temperature eggs in a bowl.
Add the juice of three fresh lemons and whisk again.

Slowly add some of the hot liquid to the lemon and egg mixture (only do this after 15 minutes has elapsed).

Whisk quickly (I use my 1/2 cup measuring cup, but you can use a ladle if you prefer).

Keep adding the hot liquid (slowly) by 1/2 cup and mix until the lemon and egg mixture has tempered and is the same temperature as the soup.

6

Stir in the tempered lemon and egg mixture into the youvarlakia.

Stir gently to incorporate, and let it sit for a bit. It will get thicker as it sits.

Taste and add salt if needed.

7

Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of fresh parsley alongside some fresh bread, and a green or greek salad.

See more delicious main meal recipes here.
See more soup recipes here.

Enjoy!

Youvarlakia Meatball Soup