Fakes (Greek Lentil Soup)
Recipe type: Soup/Vegetarian
Serves: 6-8
Fakes (lentil soup) is a staple in the Greek diet and a dish that will fuel you up year round.
  • 16 ounces of lentils
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced (canned is fine)
  • ½ bunch Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 cups of vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar, for serving
  • 1 bunch shredded spinach (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the lentils, bay leaves and oregano. Cover all with vegetable broth.
  4. Reduce the heat to low/medium and slow simmer partially covered for about 20 minutes. Add more water or vegetable broth or even olive oil throughout as needed to keep the lentils covered.
  5. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, (and the optional spinach). Season with salt and pepper. Continue to slow simmer for 25-30 more minutes, until lentils have softened.
  6. Stir in the parsley, and add the red wine vinegar at the end to taste.
  7. Serve warm with the bread and additional oil and vinegar.
Recipe by Eleni Saltas at https://elenisaltas.com/2018/02/20/fakes-greek-lentil-soup/