This recipe comes straight from Gourmet.  I was skeptical at first, but it is actually a light, creamy soup that made a nice starter.  I added a bit more lemon juice than it called for because I thought it needed some brightening.  This would probably be very refreshing in the summer, though I don’t think it will enter my heavy rotation.


  • 4 cups chicken stock, or 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth plus 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup medium-or long-grain white rice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 scallion green, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill


Simmer stock and rice in a heavy medium saucepan, covered, until rice is very tender, about 30 minutes. Purée mixture in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids). Whisk eggs together in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in hot stock mixture. Return to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until soup registers 170°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Strain soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl. Stir in lemon juice, then quick-chill in an ice bath, stirring occasionally, until cold. Stir in scallion, dill, and salt and pepper to taste.