Best Greek lentil soup

Greek Lentil Soup Fakes

The days are getting warmer and longer and soup season is almost over.  There’ll be a few more cold snaps but then the heat will hit and no more soup for dinner. The end of soup eating weather is always a bit devastating for me, soup for dinner is the easiest thing to organise and because I have a small family a pot of soup can last for two or three meals.

Anyway this soup season I perfected my Greek lentil soup and it’s exactly how I like it. I have to post it now so I don’t forget next year when the cold weather hits again. It’s a simple and easy recipe so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal. Serve with crusty bread for dunking and if you want to get a bit fancy a salad with some feta cheese.

Greek lentil soup

  • 1 cup of brown lentils (picked over and washed)
  • 2 medium brown onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 sticks of celery (finely chopped) (optional if you don’t have it the soup is still delicious)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (don’t be stingy with the oil it adds flavour)
  • 750 mls water or stock
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 1 can of crushed or finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano or mixed Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra olive for drizzling
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Handful of finely chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Saute onions, carrots, garlic and celery in olive oil in a large pan until translucent and fragrant. Add smoked paprika, herbs and saute for another minute. Add can of chopped tomato bay leaves and bring to a simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Add stock or water and lentils. Bring to a gentle boil, turn down heat simmer for about 45 minutes until lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve hot in bowls drizzled with extra olive oil and a few dashes of red wine vinegar. Garnish with chopped parsley.




  1. YUM! Love how Greeks are not afraid of olive oil!

  2. Looks hearty and nutritious!

  3. Great post 😄

  4. Miriam Bascombe says:

    Every single member of the family loves this soup!

  5. Hi Elizabeth,

    Trev and I have enjoyed cooking recipes from your website for some time. Some of the recipes from recent posts, such as this soup, and the peasant bread are not listed in the index, causing a little confusion when finding them again. Of course, I can access them, at the moment, from the recent post list, but, down the track?

    Anyway, many of your recipes are regulars on our dinner menu, including this soup. The smoked paprika really makes it special.


    • Thanks Ali, Yes I haven’t updated my index for quite a while. I use my blog as my recipe book so when I want to access a recipe I just do a google search for Backyard Lemon Tree and the recipe name but I need to get around to updating the access. Maybe it’s a project for our next Covid lockdown

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