Greek Lentil Soup
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Greek Lentil soup Fakes, as it’s known in Greek, is a tasty, easy-to-make recipe is yumminess in a bowl! I grew up in a soup-eating family, my dad would make fresh homemade soup on a daily basis for his restaurant. You name it, he made it! One of my favorites was lentil soup, which is also traditional as part of Greek cooking and known in many parts of the world. Lentils are legumes and pack a wallop of nutrition and fiber. I love a bowl of soup all year long, and lentil soup is one of my staples. Here’s the recipe
- Prep Time: 7-10 mins
- Cook Time: 25-30 mins
- Total Time: 32-40 min
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Soups
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Greek
- Diet: Vegan
- 16 ounces dry brown lentils
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2–3 large carrots chopped
- 2 stalks of celery chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 8 cups of water
- salt and pepper to taste
Clean and sort the lentils, I use a metal sieve and run water over them. Set aside In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat, and add the onion, carrots, and celery, Saute for a couple of minutes, add the chopped garlic. Continue stirring for another minute or two, do not let the garlic brown or it will become bitter. Add the water, lentils, bay leaves to the pot, and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer. Add the tomato paste, salt, and pepper, stir, and continue cooking till lentils are tender about 20-25 minutes.
I like a lot of garlic so I also add a tablespoon or two of granulated garlic to the water. Lentil soup also freezes well, so I always make a double or triple batch. Once cooled I store it in a ziplock freezer gallon bag in the freezer. Greeks often use a good splash of white or red wine vinegar in each bowl of soup. Do not add to the pot, just to each serving bowl is desired.
Keywords: Greek Lentil Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian, healthy, quick, easy fast dinner,
Dee, this looks so delicious. It is supposed to be snowy and cold Thursday so I am going to the store tomorrow to get me some lentils and make this Thursday. Yummy. Thanks for sharing 😋
Hi Carol dear,
Cold and snow again, oh no! Then I think a bowl of yummy lentils is just what would be perfect, although I’m the kooky one who loves soup all year long even when it’s hot…well maybe not when it’s 110f lol! I think you will like this, let me know that you think!
It is soooooo delicious Dee! Thank you for sharing. I cant wait to make it for my dad. He will love it too
Carol, that makes me do a happy dance! I’m so glad that you loved it, yea! I love the thought of your dad eating and enjoying it too, that puts the biggest smile on my face! You are the best!!!
Dee, this is a fantastic recipe! I always add extra garlic to everything also! 😋 Lucy ❌⭕
That’s just fantastic news, lentil loves unite! Absolutely the more garlic the better, I’m so glad you liked it, thanks so much for the lovely review and giving it 5 stars,
I am thrilled you love it!
Dee, this looks delicious and healthy too! I always add extra garlic also. 😋 Lucy ❌⭕
Hi Lucy, thank you so much for your sweet comments, I say yes to all the extra garlic too!
Kathy Gross says
Looks and sounds delicious!
What a loving sweet support you are! I hope that you and George can make this sometime, and if you do, please let me know what you think!
Carol Wines says
I’ve been craving a bowl of lentils, so happy you posted a recipe Dee. Thanks!
Hi Sweet Carol,
So nice of you to take the time to read the blog post! I’m happy to learn that you are a fellow lentil lover, and I can’t wait for you to try this! Sending you lots of love!
Sweet Carol, it’s always wonderful to meet a fellow lentil lover! You are the sweetest!
Dee this looks delicious and easy. I’ve have never made anything with lentil and am looking forward to trying this soup! Have a great week.
Hi Elizabeth, I can’t wait for you to try it, lentils will be a new taste experience, and I hope it’s a good one! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I have saved this for hubby. He is the cook in the family and we love soups (I do all the chopping). 🙂
This made me chuckle, Libbie! Being a chopper is a good thing to be, and sounds like you two are a fabulous pair! I hope you both make it sometime, and if you like garlic, don’t be afraid to add extra! Hugs to you sweet friend xoxo
Bethany Hausen says
Mmm this is the best lentil soup I’ve ever tasted! I have had lentils sitting in my pantry for ages with no idea what to do with them, and I’m so glad I came across this recipe! The soup turned out so flavorful and was quick enough for a weeknight staple. I’m definitely adding this recipe into my rotation!
Yay! That makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad that you loved the lentil soup, thanks so much for trying it, and giving it 5 stars! I’m craving a bowl right now 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, I really appreciate it!