How to Make Mediterranean Green Lentil Soup Recipe

This green lentil soup recipe is inspired by Greek “Fakes” recipe and is served with grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of red wine vinegar. It’s cozy, delicious and best of all easy to make for weeknight dinner. And best of all my kids love it!

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Why This Greek Lentil Soup is the Most Delicious Lentil Recipe

As far as soups go, this is as straightforward as soup recipe can get.

But, what makes this lentil soup a true standout is the way it’s served. Drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar and then topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Inspired by the Greek Fakes lentil soup, the red wine vinegar and the olive oil transform this ordinary vegetarian green lentil soup recipe into a Mediterranean burst of flavors.

If you’re planning to make this easy lentil soup do not skip on these toppings to experience the symphony of flavor.

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Everything You Need to Make this Lentil Soup

Ingredients for Serving

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Is Lentil Soup Good For You?

Lentils help to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, promote weight loss and are a GREAT source of protein and fiber.

Lentils are good for gut health, lowering blood sugar and fighting heart disease. In terms of health, because lentils are a source of prebiotic fiber, which is the type your gut bacteria prefers, they can help improve gut health, Garrison say

Brown, green, yellow, red or black — lentils are low in calories, rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein.

They pack health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors. They’re easily cooked in 5–20 minutes, which — like soaking — reduces their antinutrient content.

If you’re looking for the ultimate weight loss detox lentil soup, check out this recipe.

What Goes Well With Lentil Soup?

You can’t beat a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar on lentils, as well as a hearty sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Another option is to serve with a deliciously fresh baguette or fresh corn bread for dipping into the soup.

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Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

Inspired by the Greek "Fakes" lentil soup recipe this vegetable soup with lentils is served with freshly grated parmesan, olive oil and a drizzle of red wine vinegar for the most deliciously velvety flavorful lentils


  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 2 bay leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for Serving

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, carrot and celery and cook translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse and pick out lentils, then pour into the pot.
  • Add oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook.
  • Stir in tomato paste. Cover and simmer until the lentils have softened, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional water if the soup becomes too thick.
  • To serve, drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and red wine vinegar to taste. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Additional Tips & Notes for this Recipe

How do you use lentils from a can?

You can use canned lentils for this recipe. Canned lentils are already cooked. Drain and rinse your lentils and then add them last so they can cook along with all the other ingredients of the soup.

Can you use an Instant Pot for Lentil Soup?

Yes, you can make this Greek lentil soup in an instant pot. First saute the vegetables for a few minutes, then add lentils and mix all of the ingredients. Add tomatoes, then broth and cook for 15 minutes in your pressure cooker.

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