Friday, November 8, 2013

Fragrant Red Lentil & Shiitake Soup for Stormy Weather

Portland was stormy yesterday, so I happily fired up the crockpot for the first time this season.  When I use the crockpot it's usually for soup, chili, or stew made from whatever scraps I have in the pantry and fridge. 

I started by soaking 10 dried shiitake mushrooms in 4 cups hot water.  After about 10 minutes I removed the mushrooms and cut them into thin slices.

Into the crock:

4 cups vegetable broth of your choice
4 cups soaking water from mushrooms
10 sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 1/2 cup dry red lentils
1 medium sweet onion chopped small
1 cup shredded carrots
1 teaspoon berebere spices (I buy mine pre-made, but a quick google search will tell how to make your own)
1 teaspoon cardomom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt-free seasoning of choice & fresh ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste (optional)

Cook on the medium or high setting for 6-8 hours.

The best thing to do when using the crockpot is leave the house, so you can come home to really good smells. 

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm linking this recipe up to Carrie On Vegan's Health Vegan Friday post.  Stop by when you have a chance to see all of the Fall recipe goodness happening over there.


  1. Sort of like Miser Wot...Looks comforting.

    1. Maybe that's why Tim loved it so much. Miser Wot is his favorite.

  2. Oooh this looks amazing! I'm all about soup right now. It has gotten so cold so quickly so warm, comforting meals like this are so perfect :) Another beautiful recipe!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I'm totally into soup right now, too. Easy, warm, comforting soup :)

  3. love what you did there with the leaves.=)

    1. Thanks, Kelli. My attempt at making a pic of brown soup in a brown bowl no so boring :)

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  5. HI Nikki, I just discovered your blog and it looks... delicious :) Finally here in Torino, Italy, winter has arrived so I'm really looking forward to try your soup!

  6. I recently posted a soup similar to this one. I absolutely love red lentils!
    Mine takes only about 30 minutes.
    Yours looks good. :)
    I've never heard of berebere spices before, so I will have to look it up!
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Looks and sounds awesome! LOVE Red Lentils! I actually posted about them today, too! Swing by when you can :)

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