Sunday, August 24, 2014

Recipe: Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

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Tasked with preparing dinner from a nearly empty fridge, it seemed a good time to try the Greek lentil soup recipe I had bookmarked on Diana Moutsopoulos, the recipe contributor, writes that fakes (pronounced "fah-kehs") is a filling meal and a staple in the Greek kitchen, traditionally served drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar.

It seemed like a good dinner for a chilly day and fortunately I had all of the staples on hand. It contains lentils, one of my favourite legumes, which are high in protein and fibre. I prepared the recipe as written below, substituting a can of diced tomatoes for tomato paste. The recipe make a large pot, which I'm looking forward to eating all week long.
greek lentil soup fakes recipe

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 L water
  • vinegar (I used balsamic; to taste)
  • salt, black pepper (to taste)
  • pinch of oregano, pinch of rosemary, 2 bay leaves
some of the staple ingredients
  1. Wash lentils and put in a saucepan, covered by an inch of water. Boil, then turn down to simmer. Cook until lentils have softened, adding more water if necessary.
  2. In a large soup pot, fry the onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add 1 L of water, carrots, tomatoes, and lentils when ready, all the while simmering. Season with vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaves.
Hope you enjoy this hearty and healthy soup!

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