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Fakes Soupa: Greek Lentil Soup

Updated on May 25, 2013

A Lentil Soup from Greek: Fakes Soupa

Fakes soupa is a lentil soup that is a staple in Greek households. Fakes soupa may well be my favorite Greek recipe. It is easy to make, filling and nutritious, not to mention economical. It is not hard to see why this lentil soup became a standby for Greek housewives.

This is basic Greek comfort food at its finest! While ingredients and techniques vary by region, I have found this to be a good, basic recipe that is very accessible to American kitchens and palates.

Try Fakes soupa tonight and see if you agree!

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Lentils for Fakes Soupa
Lentils for Fakes Soupa

This is a vegetarian recipe for fakes soupa. This is a typical way that Greeks eat their fakes (beans).

Serving Size

Serves: 4 to 8


  • 1/2 pound of lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint or basil
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika


  1. Sort and wash the lentils in cold water, then boil them for 5 minutes to remove the shells. Drain them, rinse several times in cold water, then put them into a large pot with 3 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil.
  2. While the lentils are heating, melt the buttter in a skillet, then sautee the remaining ingredients in the butter for a few minutes. Then, when the lentils boil, add this mixture. Reduce the heat and cook about 40 minutes until everything is tender.
  3. Serve with a dash of red wine vinegar. Some regions also drizzle with olive oil at the table.
  4. Variation: Add 1/2 cup chopped green pepper to the sautee pan.
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An Easy Fakes Soupa Recipe

This video shows just how easy it can be to make fakes soupa. Do not be afraid to just try it! It is hard to go wrong, there are so many ways to make fakes!

Fakes Soupa Poll I

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Lentils for Your Fakes Soupa

You simply cannot go wrong with anything produced by Bob's Red Mill. Everything I had ever used from this company has been of the highest quality. Bob's Red Mill is a natural food company with sustainable practices. I feel good about buying these products and feeding them to my family. That's why I was pleased to discover that Bob's Red Mill products are available in bulk from Amazon.

Bob's Red Mill French Green Lentils, 24-ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill French Green Lentils, 24-ounce (Pack of 4)

These lentils are great for making fakes soupa! Highly recommended!


Fakes Soupa with Greens

Here is a variation of fakes soupa with greens. I love this! So healthy! Again, you see how easy it is to make this lentil soup!

Greek Olive Oil - Ingredients for Your Fakes Soupa

If you love Greek food, you should have authentic ingredients for the best flavor. This Greek olive oil is incredible! I highly recommend this brand for any of your Greek recipes.

Taste of Crete - 500 ml (16.9 Oz) Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Taste of Crete - 500 ml (16.9 Oz) Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This olive oil carries the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) seal, guaranteeing its authenticity. Exceptionally low acidity and high level of anti-oxidants make this oil an excellent choice for your family's health.


Greek Balsamic Vinegar

You will want some authentic Greek vinegar to go along with your Greek olive oil. This is a recommended brand.

Zorba's Valsamico Vinegar
Zorba's Valsamico Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar made in the traditional way from grapes grown on the mountain slopes of Crete, then barrel-aged for ten years.


Fakes Soupa Poll II

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More Ingredients for Your Fakes Soupa

Hengstenberg Oro Di Parma Tomatoes Paste Concentrate in tube ( 200 g )
Hengstenberg Oro Di Parma Tomatoes Paste Concentrate in tube ( 200 g )

Tomato paste in a tube is ideal for recipes like this one that call for a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste.

Mt. Taygetos Ground Mint
Mt. Taygetos Ground Mint

Handpicked mint from Greece.

Greek Columnar Basil - 4" Pot - Keeps Flavor All Season
Greek Columnar Basil - 4" Pot - Keeps Flavor All Season

Grow your own basil for all of your favorite Greek dishes!


Do you like fakes soupa? What is your favorite soup?

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      5 years ago

      Excellent lens for these simple lentils. I approved your recipe variation. I think instead of basil in my region we add 2 bay leaves and of course olive oil instead of butter.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I really appreciate your easy to follow Greek recipes

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      Carol Fisher 

      6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've had other kinds of lentil soup, but never this one. I'm definitely going to try this recipe as I'm always looking for new recipes for lentils.

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      6 years ago

      I love lentil soup so I am sure I would like this version too.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      We just had soup at Olive Garden today and it reminded me how much I really like soup. I should try making this. sounds lovely.

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      6 years ago

      Love lentil soup. Blessed!


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