Giouvarlakia Meatball Soup

Giouvarlakia Meatball Soup

This Youvarlakia or Giouvarlakia meatball soup with avgolemono, a lemon & egg sauce, is a traditional Greek winter warmer.

  • 6 servings
  • 50 mins
  • 463 kcal
  • DF NF
Giouvarlakia Meatball Soup

This traditional Hellenic meatball soup, called Giouvarlakia or Youvarlakia, is hearty and delicious. When the temperatures drop and I want something comforting, I reach straight for the ingredients to make this. It’s another recipe that my grandma used to make. You’d better make sure there’s enough for seconds, because if you’re anything like my family, everyone will be begging for more!

This is a traditional Greek meatball soup, and boiling the meatballs may seem unconventional but trust me, it works! And that egg lemon sauce (avgolemono) that you add at the end? Definitely don’t miss it! It unites all the Mediterranean flavours of this recipe and acts as a thickener too - a real ‘secret ingredient’! Reach for some crusty bread to dip in, and you have the perfect bowl of warmth and goodness to cradle by the fire as the night draws in…


  • Meatballs
  • Soup
  • Egg-lemon sauce


To make the soup’s consistency smoother, take a few carrots and potatoes when the soup is nearly ready and melt them using a blender.


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You will need about 50 minutes to make 6 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 463 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 6 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

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Giouvarlakia Meatball Soup

Once the temperature drops, the ideal comfort food is a frothy and flavourful meatball soup topped up with mouth-watering egg-lemon sauce! Yet another traditional Greek recipe my grandma used to make that made everyone “beg” for more!

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Anna25 May, 22 @ 7:46pm

What’s the unit of measurement on the water?

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Sevi25 May, 22 @ 7:55pm

@Anna oops! The unit of measurement was missing. Thanks for letting me know, it’s now fixed. The unit is litre (or liter in US 🙃).

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