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Recipe for Fakes Soupa – Greek Style Lentil Soup

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Fakes (lentils) are a staple in the Greek kitchen. Fakes soupa is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar to give the lentils extra flavor.

Lentil Soup Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • Parsley, to garnish (if desired)

Directions to Prepare Greek Lentil Soup:

Wash the lentils and soak in warm water for 2 hours. Drain and set aside

Add olive oil to a large stock pot. Saute onions on medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions soften and become glassy.  Add 6 cups water, garlic cloves, lentils, salt, and bay leaf to the stock pot.

Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat. Set the heat to low and simmer the soup for 45 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish it with a sprinkle of vinegar, if desired. You may also garnish each bowl with some chopped, fresh parsley if desired.

** This recipe contains olive oil, so this recipe won’t be suited for a strict fast.

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