Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)


Greek lentil soup or fakes (pronounced "fah-kehs") is a staple in the Greek kitchen and an incredibly filling meal. It is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar. Though the vinegar is, of course, optional — try it! It lifts the lentils and adds another dimension of flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 8 ounces brown lentils

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, minced

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 quart water

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 pinch crushed dried rosemary (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Place lentils in a large saucepan; add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil and cook for 10 minutes; drain.

  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in lentils, then add 1 quart water, bay leaves, oregano, and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in tomato paste; season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils have softened, 30 to 40 minutes. Add additional water if soup becomes too thick. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar to serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
16g Fat
40g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 19g 67%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 701mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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