Fakes (lentils) are a staple in the Greek kitchen. Fakes soupa is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar to give the lentils extra flavor.
Lentil Soup Ingredients:
1/2 lb. lentils
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons salt
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons vinegar
Parsley, to garnish (if desired)
Directions to Prepare Greek Lentil Soup:
Wash the lentils and soak in warm water for 2 hours. Drain and set aside
Add olive oil to a large stock pot. Saute onions on medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions soften and become glassy. Add 6 cups water, garlic cloves, salt, and bay leaf to the stock pot.
Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat. Set the heat to low and simmer the soup for 45 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish it with a sprinkle of vinegar, if desired. You may also garnish each bowl with some chopped, fresh parsley if desired.