Lentil Soup (Faki)

Faki is a traditional Greek soup made with lentils. It’s simple to make, and very tasty. Serve with baked or grilled fish. (Tip: Make sure to wash your lentils well before cooking to remove any tiny stones.)

Lentil Soup


  • 2 cups lentils, washed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Eleni® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup uncooked white rice (optional)
  • 1 fresh tomato, puréed (optional)
  • white vinegar, to taste
Serves:  4-6


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add lentils, onions, garlic, olive oil, spices and about 6 cups water. Add rice and tomato, if desired. Simmer on medium heat until lentils are soft and the stock is thick, about 30–45 minutes. Just before serving, add a dollop of vinegar.


Excerpt taken from From the Olive Grove: Mediterranean Cooking with Olive Oil. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press (2010).


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