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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Ingredients:
  • 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
Instructions:
  • 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

6 comments:

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...

Meeso;

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

Mansi;

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

Holler;

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!