Lentil soup has to be the most healthiest and easiest soup and such a comfort food especially on the cold winter days. A fireplace, lentil soup paired with pan fried peppers and a glass of retsina and of course a few good friends are all the ingredients you need for an ideal night for fun and chuckles.
Lentil soup has a minimum of 2- 3 ingredients and it cooks in about 45 minutes. When you're in hurry just throw all the ingredients together and just boil. I like to serve my lentil soup with pan fried peppers, sometimes anchovies but I always, always serve them with retsina.
Retsina- is a traditional Greek white wine with an exceptional flavor that was found accidentally. Retsina production goes back to ancient Greek times. Retsina came about from the need to preserve wine, they used amphorae and wine vessels for transportation. They used resin to seal the wine so oxygen couldn't penetrate through and spoil the wine, if resin wasn't used the wine would spoil within a year. Pine resin was used as a sealant in which in turn it gave the wine the distinct flavor we have come to known today as Restina. As the years passed transportation of wine also changed, in the 3rd century Romans began to use barrels for wine transporting. This eliminated the need for resin but the flavor became so popular that they retained it. Restina is still made with the same process bit of course with a much lesser amount of resin. Retsina is best when paired with the appropriate recipe, for example, it's perfect when serving with legumes, fish and appetizers( a.k.a. meze in Greek).