Mushroom Lentil Soup

Mushroom Lentil Soup {Gluten-Free, Vegan} | Wheat-Free Meat-Free It’s finally soup weather. I bought a mushroom lentil soup the other day, but it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. It used mushroom broth but didn’t seem to have any actual mushrooms in it. I liked the idea though, so I made a version my way.

Mushroom Lentil Soup

  • ½ ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
  • ¼ ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces button or crimini mushrooms, cut in chunks
  • 3 ounces fresh shiitake mushroom, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups brown lentils
  • 8 cups mushroom broth
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  1. Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl. Pour the hot water over the mushrooms and let stand for 10 minutes. Rinse under running water. Thinly slice.
  2. Set a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the celery and garlic. Cook for half a minute, until fragrant. Add all of the mushrooms, lentils, broth, and thyme. Cover and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove thyme stems. Serve.

Serves 4-6

Making Mushroom Lentil Soup | Wheat-Free Meat-Free

I added a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to the bowls to finish the soup. A splash of cream would also be nice.

This recipe is being shared in Meat Free Monday and Gluten Free Fridays.

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  • Sides: Patatas Bravas, Pea and New Potato Salad, Braised Celery,
  • Mains: Corn Waffle Sandwiches, Enchiladas with Green Sauce, Pesto Asparagus Galette, and
  • Desserts: Blueberry Mango Crisp, Baklava Rolls, Amaretto Cake.

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  1. This looks and sounds fantastic, Kalinda! I’ll admit I’ve never included mushrooms in lentil soup, but I love the idea!


  2. This looks really good and hearty!

  3. This looks so tasty and warming, perfect for winter lunches :) It’s nice to see some chunky mushrooms in there too – a surprising rarity in soups!

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