Lentil Soup with Olive Oil and Orange (Greek Island of Crete)

This traditional Cretan Lentil Soup is a hearty and delicious Mediterranean Diet recipe. It’s easy to prepare, and you can prep your other ingredients while cooking the lentils. I love making this soup on Sunday for weekday lunches. Enjoy with a tasty and healthy chunk of sourdough bread.

Photo Credit: Christine Dutton

Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Plan
Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup with Olive Oil and Orange (Greek Island of Crete)

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6
Calories 604 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lentils, washed well, stones removed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 carrots, grated
  • 2 orange slices, peel and flesh
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a deep pot, add lentils and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 15 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and continue cooking on a low boil for 30 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add more water if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 20gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 64mgPotassium: 844mgFiber: 24gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1814IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 6mg
Have you tried this recipe? Tell us about it!Click here to rate this recipe in the comments section below.

21 Comments

  1. Ariatna Garzz April 12, 2022 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I have had made this soup so many times! It is easy to make, all of the ingredients are usually always in my pantry and fridge, and it is so delicious and filling! It makes me feel so good! Love it!

  2. Janet March 9, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Do you eat the soup with 2 slices of orange with the peeling or do you take the orange peeling out and leave the flesh?

    • George Zikos March 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      You cook the orange slices in the soup, peel and all.

  3. Cheryl February 6, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Is that really a cup of oil?

    • George Zikos February 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Most definitely!

    • Michele November 6, 2021 at 6:29 am - Reply

      I cook for someone with high Cholesterol. Is it known that that much Olive Oil is safe for this condition!? The recipe looks delicious!

      • Bill Bradley, R.D. November 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

        Hi Michele,
        Generally speaking olive oil is fine for cholesterol and will increase HDL cholesterol (h for healthy). That being said, they should ask their Doctor. -Bill

  4. Mary January 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    What cheese is that on top in the photos?

  5. Sara January 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    What would you suggest for the times when using the pressure cooker setting on an instant pot?

    • George Zikos January 14, 2019 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      It depends on what recipe you’re making. Are you wondering for this Lentil soup recipe?

      • Rachelle March 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm

        The oerson didn’t respond, but I would like to know the cooking time for an electric pressure cooker. Thank you! Looks delicious.

      • George Zikos March 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

        I haven’t made this recipe in a pressure cooker yet, but it is on the list of recipes I’m going to adapt for a pressure cooker (or Instant Pot).

  6. Margaret House December 10, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

    What color lentils green,red,brown or yellow do you use in this recipe?

  7. Annett June 15, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Excellent soup!
    I am sensitive to nightshades, so i used butternut squash puree instead of tomato paste.
    Question: Does this freeze well?

    • George Zikos June 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Glad you liked it! I haven’t tried freezing this, but lentil soups tend to freeze very well!

  8. Annett June 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Excellent! I am sensitive to nightshades, so i used butternut squash puree instead of tomato paste.
    Question: Does this freeze well?

    • George Zikos June 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      I haven’t frozen this one specifically, but yes lentil soup should freeze well!

  9. madmom.sharon January 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    This soup is delicious! I have tasted it while it is cooking, and it is wonderful. Decided to add a small amount of pasta (capellini) to it, but it would have been great on its own.

    • Christine Dutton January 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      That does sound like a very tasty addition. Thank you for trying our recipe and sharing your thoughts with Mediterranean Living!

Leave A Comment

Recipe Rating




Mediterranean Living

Our Newsletter

Get seasonal recipe ideas as well as special offers on our online programs, live webinars and video releases. Sent once a week.