Hearty Greek Lentil Soup Litsa!

Written by litsa on. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Hearty Lentil soup is a favorite winter soup for the Greek people!

The Greek way is plain with no vegetables, we make them in tomato sauce with garlic, bay leaf salt, and pepper adding a little vinegar at the end with the olive oil! 

They are delicious this way no question about that!

My recipe takes into consideration the children and how we can make this very nutritious legume inviting to our young ones. This recipe is delicious and children friendly. This is a budget-friendly soup and so easy to make.

Lentils are very nutritious and with the many vegetables and olive oil, the soup becomes a super healthy food.

You can enjoy this soup hot or cold, make a big batch and have it available.

PS You can replace half of the water with vegetable stock and omit the chicken base for a healthy vegan meal!

Hearty Greek Lentil Soup Litsa!

Hearty Greek Lentil Soup Litsa!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups Lentils (The small brown ones)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 green Pepper
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tsp sugar, Salt, and Pepper to taste 1 Bay leaf 
  • 3 tbsp chicken base
  • 8 cups water

Clean and wash Lentils with plenty of water. Pay attention to remove any stones.

Place in a heavy pan add 2 cups water and boil for 6-7 minutes. Strain and rinse well.

Cut up all the vegetables in small pieces.

Place lentils back in the pan add all the ingredients together with the 8 cups water and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

If you like your soup thicker, mix 2 tbsp of flour with a little water and add to the soup, cook a few more minutes and you have a very nutritious meal for the family!

It Freezes well and you can always make more and have available for an emergency. 

Some like it hot you can add hot pepper flakes, to your plate, perfect for a cold winters night!

One perfect Lentil soup!


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Children's book and cookbook author Litsa Bolontzakis is an expert on Greek cooking and that culture's easy, simple way of life. Her desire is to help other families learn from her culture how to appreciate the simple things in life and grow to enjoy the seasons and the gifts they bring.

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