Lentil Soup

This cheap and easy lentil soup recipe is called Faki in Greece.

Lentil Soup (Faki)

1 lb. lentils
1 tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced
½ cup olive oil
2 quarts water
bay leaf
salt to taste

  1. Wash the lentils by running them under cold water in a colander. Drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. Sauté the onions, carrot, and celery until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, and sauté for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the lentils, tomato paste, parsley, bay leaf, and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  4. Before serving, add the lemon juice and salt to taste.

Variation: Add ½ tsp oregano and ½ cup chopped tomatoes to the soup just before serving.

Yield:  6 to 8 servings

This recipe was adapted from The Complete Book of Greek Cooking

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