This soup is a riff on the Greek avgolemono: a delicious concoction of beaten eggs and lemon juice, whisked into broth and cooked just enough to thicken. While I borrowed the egg and lemon motif, I also added spinach used orzo instead of the rice. This soup has one other curious feature. It really is a pasta and a soup in one — a two’fer.
There’s a certain satisfying symmetry to a dish with slightly crispy, blistered, pan-fried beans mixed with ribbons of tender greens. If you’re at home for lunch, this makes a perfect mid-day meal. Otherwise, add a poached egg or scoop of pasta and this becomes an easy dish to throw together for dinner.
Date night dinners need not be complicated to be fancy. Take this recipe: lasagna noodles trimmed into squares make elegant “open-faced” raviolis. With poached eggs nestled between the layers, some wilted greens, and a simple sauce of brown butter and lemon, this very simple dish becomes a date night win.
This recipe happened because my favorite cooking reference, Google, totally failed me. It was Halloween and I was inspired. Pumpkin chili was on the menu. One of our children was a vegetarian and it seemed like a wonderful, hearty solution. But I had no recipe and Google was no help. I even looked through actual cookbooks. Every version I found contained meat, pumpkin purée, or both. My vision was a meat-free dish with chunks of pumpkin. Goshdarnit, the pumpkin chili was happening, recipe or not. I decided to wing it.
This recipe seems a little more complicated, but damn does that look good..