Chicken Soup with Leeks and Lemon

Servings 6


  • 2 quarts chicken or turkey stock preferably homemade
  • 1 lb. leeks white and light green parts only, cleaned and sliced thin
  • 2/3 cup #3 coarse bulgur
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • Fresh juice 2 (6 to 8 tbsp.) lemons strained, to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley or dill for garnish


  • Combine the stock and leeks, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes. Add bulgur and continue to simmer until the grain is cooked through, 15 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust salt.
  • Beat together the eggs and lemon juice until frothy in a medium bowl.
  • Just before serving, making sure that the broth isn't boiling, gradually add 2 cups to the egg and lemon mixture while beating vigorously with a whisk to prevent the eggs from curdling. Turn off the heat under the soup, pour the egg-lemon mixture into the soup, stir well and serve, adding a bit of pepper to each bowl and garnishing with chopped fresh parsley or dill.
  • Advance prep: You can make this soup through the first step several hours before serving, but the bulgur will continue to absorb liquid; if you do make it ahead, use 1/2 cup instead of 2/3 cup.


* Recipe courtesy of Martha Rose Shulman