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Greek Lentil Soup ©

March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great favourite of mine, I grew up with it and it is full of health and energy. When we were children it was prepared for us often, and we were promised it would make us strong and tall. Lentils are full of iron! On a cold winter’s day it is perfect, “Oh so warming,” and a good lenten dish for this period before Easter.

 

 

 

Greek Lentil Soup ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-6 persons

 

 

20 min preparation time

 

 

Ingredients

 

250 g  small green lentils

2-4 tbs olive oil

2 medium onions diced

3-6 cloves garlic sliced

4 medium carrots peeled and sliced

1 heaped tsp tomato puree

small bunch of Mediterranean parsley, roughly chopped

2 bay leaves

Enough stock to cover the lentils by 3 cm and more

freshly ground black pepper

 

*Extra Olive Oil and a dash of Vinegar are optional, at the end of cooking.

 

 

Method

1. Weigh out your lentils and spread out on tray. Carefully check through for stones!

2. Place lentils in sieve and rinse lentils under cold running water.

3. Place olive oil in medium sized saucepan and add peeled diced onion, peeled sliced garlic, peeled and sliced carrots, roughly chopped Mediterranean celery and bay leaves.

4. Sauté vegetables over a medium heat until onions are transparent, 3-5 minutes.

5. Add tomato purée and your lentils, toss in oil for two minutes.

6. Add Stock to come well above the lentils as they will swell, (3-6 cm.)You can add more stock during cooking.

7. Cook for one hour or more until lentils are soft, but not disintegrated.

8. Check for taste, add salt if necessary and freshly ground pepper. Add more liquid if necessary to get the right consistency.

9. Serve in pre-heated bowls with warm crusty bread and drizzle with virgin olive oil. Some add a little vinegar.

 

Greek Lentil Soup ©

This is what you are aiming for. Perfect for a cold winter’s day!

 

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Measure out lentils and spread on tray.

 

Greek Lentil Soup ©

After sorting through lentils, place in sieve and rinse under cold water.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Sauté diced onions, sliced garlic sliced carrots and celery in olive oil.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Sauté vegetables over a medium heat for five minutes or until onion is transparent.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Add one heaped tsp of tomato puree, or enough to give a nice red colour to your soup.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Add rinsed lentils and toss in oil for two minutes.
Add enough water/stock to come three times the hight of you lentils in the saucepan. More water/stock, can be added later, depending on consistency.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Add 1 heaped tsp of Oregano, freshly gathered from the mountain! The best Oregano looks like this, the flower, not the leaves.
Simmer soup for one hour, or until the lentils are perfectly soft. Add more water if soup is getting too thick.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

Serve in warm bowls with a drizzle of virgin olive oil, some add a dash of vinegar.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

This soup is full of goodness and warming, on a cold winter’s day.

Greek Lentil Soup ©

 

 

Just the thing high in the mountains, in a cozy Greek Taverna……

 

 

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2015 8:02 pm

    …will try this weekend…off to shop tomorrow! Thank you Jane for the idea!!!!!!!!

    Like

  2. January 8, 2017 11:23 pm

    Reblogged this on What's Cooking In Jane's Kitchen and commented:

    Just the weather for this wonderful soup!!!!

    Like

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