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Greek Lentil Soup

Greek Lentil Soup

Serves: 4

Category: Soups and Stews
Tags: Quick and Easy

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Greek Lentil Soup or Fakes Soupa, is a staple in Greek kitchens. It is traditionally finished with a splash of vinegar.

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1 medium onion, minced
2 large carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup dry lentils
4 cups no-salt added or low sodium vegetable broth
1/4 teapoon dried oregano
pinch crushed rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste (see note)
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups baby spinach or baby kale
2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman's Black Fig Vinegar or red wine vinegar


Heat 2-3 tablespoons water in a large pot and water saute onions and carrots until just tender. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute, adding additional water as needed to prevent burning.

Add lentils, broth, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes. Cover and simmer until the lentils have softened, 30 to 40 minutes. Add water if needed to adjust consistency.

Add spinach and heat until wilted. Serve with a drizzle of vinegar.

Note: To avoid risk of BPA exposure, look for tomato paste packaged in glass jars.

Calories 272; Protein 20 g; Carbohydrates 46 g; Total Fat 2.5 g; Saturated Fat 0.6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 122 mg; Fiber 18 g; Beta-Carotene 6425 ug; Vitamin C 58 mg; Calcium 118 mg; Iron 5.5 mg; Folate 263 ug; Magnesium 90 mg; Zinc 3 mg; Selenium 5 ug

Comments (7):



12/14/2013 07:39 PM

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This soup was delicious. I added celery and omitted the rosemary. Next time I will double the recipe.


10/11/2014 09:58 AM

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We loved it. Added 1/4 teaspoon cumin and since I had a zucchini, added it too. Used regular kale. I find that baby spinach overcooks with the heat, so I use kale, take the soup off the fire and it will cook to bright green in about 5 minutes. When I reheat the soup, I will put baby spinach in the bottom of the bowl and it cooks just right, bright green.


02/09/2016 08:53 PM

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I didn't have the vinegar, but I didn't feel like it needed it. Good flavor. I used red lentils which made a beautiful red and green color that looked like pizza. I also pureed it for me since I have a cranky colon, and it still tasted great that way. I also didn't use the bay leaf, and I didn't have rosemary. I used 2 cups homemade broth and 2 cups water.


04/23/2016 06:46 PM

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Tried this today before work, and it is very good! I love the comments because I always get such great ideas before trying a new recipe, and on this one I took the suggestion of saas18 who added celery, although I didn't omit anything. Loved the celery in it, and might omit the rosemary next time but that's just a personal preference. I found myself out of garlic (running to store IMMEDIATELY after work!) so used garlic powder. Super easy to make and yummy - I like the drizzle of red wine vinegar at serving, but it changes the taste into a whole new soup so try it without then a little with and go for your preference. This one is a keeper!


07/26/2018 09:43 PM

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Even the lentil non-lover liked it! 3.5 stars


05/17/2019 08:35 PM

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This is a very flavorful recipe, I added some chopped up eggplant and a little marinara.  This is great for dinner and a very filling lunch meal.


01/19/2020 06:27 PM

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This soup is terrific. I substituted 1can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Increased oregano to 1 tsp. Added cumin. Next time I will decrease lentils to 3/4 c. Thought soup was a little too thick. It's one of my favorite soups.