Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

Although my specialty is Indian cuisine, I very much enjoy experimenting with various ethnic dishes. When I came across Peter's recipe for Greek Lentil soup, I realized that I have only posted one Greek dish to Lisa's Kitchen so far, which is odd, as I very much enjoy Greek food. Peter's soup looked and sounded so good I decided to make my own version that is closely based on his. Serve with crusty bread and a grain for a complete and comforting vegetarian meal.

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)
Recipe by
Adapted from Peter Minakis
Cuisine: Greek
Published on January 14, 2008

Simple, comforting bowl of traditional Greek lentil soup flavored with tomatoes, garlic and oregano

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed + 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • Heat the oil in a large soup pot or saucepan over medium heat. When hot, toss in the onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes to soften. Next add the crushed garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add the lentils, carrot, pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika and bay leaves and pour in the water or stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to moderately low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until the lentils are soft.

  • When the soup is finished, stir in the minced garlic, oregano and sea salt. Serve hot or warm.

Makes 6 to 8 servings


Peter M said...

As a Greek, you get my "stamp" for your Lentil Soup.

It's good that you caught on to add garlic and oregano at the end.

Lisa said...

Thank you Peter. I very much enjoyed the soup.

meeso said...

Yum, This is a lot like a soup my mom would have made while I was growing up...looks great!

Mansi Desai said...

This does look inviting Lisa! veggies in a soup are just so healthy and delicious!:)

btw, I'm hosting a Game Night Party event on my blog, and I'd be glad if you could send in one of your delcious veggie entrees:D

Holler said...

that looks delicious! I am really into soup just now, so this could be a tasty addition to my repetoire! I just posted my Charred Tomato Soup. I think you will like it lisa!

Lisa said...


Thanks for checking back here. It was a very yummy soup and I thank Peter for the inspiration.


I noticed the announcement about your event and I'm hoping to contribute. Thanks for the invite here.


Soups are perfect anytime of year, but especially right now in our respective cold climates. You are right: the tomato soup recipe you just posted is divine. Thanks Holler!