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Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

Fakes? F*** no! What the heck am I talking about?

Greek Lentil Soup called Fakes or φακές σούπα. Growing up in a Greek family, we would giggle every time we’d hear the word Fakes (pronounces fa-KESS) and proceed with saying, F*** NO!

As children, we didn’t appreciate the flavour of such a healthy and hearty soup that eats like a meal. But now as a mother myself, I make this traditional Greek soup often.

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup Eston Lentils, rinsed and picked over
8 cups water (or organic low sodium vegetable stock)
4 tbsp chopped fresh tomato (or 4 tbsp tomato puree)
4 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 1/2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf

Greek Lentil Soup Fakes

Method:

In a pot, sauté onion with olive oil for 2 minutes, then add garlic and bay leaf for 1 minute and stir. Add carrots and celery and sauté for a few minutes until softened. Add water or stock, tomato puree and lentils.

You can make this soup without the stock – I just find if you have a good quality stock to use it can add a little extra flavour.

Cook on medium heat until soup comes to a boil and then lower to minimum heat and allow to simmer with the lid on for at least an hour and a half.

I’m sure you will enjoy this hearty traditional Greek Lentil Soup that is fun to pronounce.

Greek Lentil Soup

Fasolada: Greek White Bean Soup

As you may or may not know, my background is Greek. I grew up with my mom’s amazing Greek dishes, although I didn’t appreciate them at the time. Of course now that I’m a mom myself, I’ve grown to adore Greek cooking.

Fasolada (φασολάδα) is a traditional Greek soup made with navy beans. Every Greek family was raised eating this much loved soup that eats like a meal. Healthy and tasty, this soup is one that can simmer on your stove top all day long – the more it cooks, the better it tastes.

Ingredients

2 cups dried navy beans
1 cup water
2 cups chicken broth (my mom doesn’t use any but I find it tastier with some broth)
4 carrots, chopped
2 white onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup tomato puree
salt and pepper to taste

 

greek white bean soup

Directions

Soak beans overnight in cold water. In the morning, boil the beans in a pot of fresh water. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn heat off and let sit for one hour. Rinse the beans.

Pour fresh water in pot with beans and broth and bring to a boil. Boil for a half hour on medium heat. Add the carrots, onions, garlic, celery, salt, pepper and olive oil. Cook on low heat for another hour. Add tomatoes and boil for another 1/2 hour to an hour.

fasolada

Kαλή όρεξη!