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.

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

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6
Calories 604 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 20gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 64mgPotassium: 844mgFiber: 24gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1814IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 6mg
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  1. 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?