Simple Lentil Soup

The food blogosphere is full of autumn photos, pumpkins and apples.

We, on the other hand, are still waiting for real autumn to kick in, although I think we’ll jump right to winter..

And pumpkin recipes aren’t really my thing. Maybe I’ll make an awesome pumpkin-feta pie my mom makes and post it, but until then I’ve made soup!


This is a very simple and common soup, but I really enjoy it. The fact that you practically throw everything together in the pot makes it very user-friendly. (You can replace user with: tired-back from work-girl).

Wash the lentils with water 2-3 times and strain. Chop the onion and the garlic and saute in the pot with some olive oil.

When the onion is soft drop the lentils in and mix. Add the tomato paste or tomato sauce of fresh tomatoes.

Add the water, the bay leaf, a bit of vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to simmer.

Let the soup cook until the lentils are soft and the thickness of the soup is as you like it.

And you are literally done!

Serve with some bread and even some cheese.

If you are the vinegar type you might like a drizzle of it on the soup when you serve it.

Have a nice day!

Ingredients

Serves 4

250g lentils

1 large onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 bay leaf

2 tsp tomato paste (or fresh tomatoes, around 2)

Olive oil

1 tbsp vinegar

Salt

Pepper

750ml water

Quick Instructions

Wash the lentils with water 2-3 times and strain. Chop the onion and the garlic and saute in the pot with some olive oil. When the onion is soft drop the lentils in and mix. Add the tomato paste or tomato sauce of fresh tomatoes.

Add the water, the bay leaf, a bit of vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to simmer. Let the soup cook until the lentils are soft and the thickness of the soup is as you like it.

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20 thoughts on “Simple Lentil Soup

    1. Villy Post author

      I have never tried with balsamic. But you can sure omit completely the vinegar! It’s not that much anyway!

      Reply
      1. johnnysenough hepburn

        I think a dash of Balsamic should work. Really want to include cloves as well as they go so well with green lentils.

  1. Shira

    Hi Villy – this soup is a classic! It simply cannot be made wrong…I’m with Johnny above and LOVE adding balsamic vinegar to lentils, I even out it in baked beans! Fabulous comfort food at its finest!

    Reply
  2. ChgoJohn

    A bowl of lentil soup is perfect for a chilly Fall day and the beauty of lentil soup is that it can be as simple or complex as you like. I like your idea of adding a bit of vinegar and will give that a try next time I’ve a pot of lentil soup on the stove.

    Reply
  3. Ερμιόνη

    Καλημέρα Βασιλική μου!
    Οι φακές είναι ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου φαγητά από τότε που ήμουν παιδί!
    Ένα φαγητό τόσο απλό αλλά πολύ νόστιμο!
    Η μόνη διαφοροποίηση από τη σούπα που μας προτείνεις είναι ότι δεν χρησιμοποιώ ντομάτα και αντί για ξύδι που δεν συμπαθώ, χρησιμοποιώ λεμόνι!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

    Reply
    1. Villy Post author

      Δεν έχω δοκιμάσει ποτέ χωρίς ντομάτα και με λεμόνι! Θα το κάνω όμως! Ευχαριστώ Ερμιονη!

      Reply
  4. tanja@the green mixer

    Απλο-τίμιο-φαγάκι που έλεγε και ένας χοντρός κύριος στην τηλεόραση. Τρελαίνομαι για φακές και μετά απο 10+ χρόνια που είχα να φάω, έχω αρχίσει και τις τρώω μανιωδώς (και εγώ χωρίς ξύδι)

    Reply
    1. Villy Post author

      Φτωχικό αλλά καλό! Θέμα γουστου το ξυδακι. Σπάνια βάζω έξτρα από πάνω και εγώ..

      Reply
  5. Ειρήνη Ε.

    Villy, μόλις κρύωσε λίγο ο καιρός, άρχισα να μαγειρεύω και πάλι φακές. Με τις κοκκινιστές, το θέλω το ξυδάκι, νομίζω ότι τους πάει πολύ. Με τις άσπρες προτιμώ το λεμονάκι. Όπως και να έχει, είναι από τα όσπρια που τρώγονται πιο εύκολα.
    Καλό απόγευμα.
    Ειρήνη Ε.

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  6. Jasline

    I agree with you Villy, there are so many apples, pumpkins, and soups recipes going around these days! Sadly the place I live in is summer all year round, but I would still want to have a bowl of your delicious-looking soup!

    Reply
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