Thanks to rich lentils and meaty mushrooms, this vegetarian soup still has all the stick-to-your-ribs heartiness of beef stew.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat oil over medium. Add carrots, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 6 minutes. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are softened and golden brown at edges, about 8 minutes.

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  • Add thyme, lentils, and 7 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in soy sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve soup topped with yogurt.

Reviews (7)

132 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 49
  • 2 star values: 30
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2019
I have this unctuous blend cooking on my stove as we speak. So hearty and yummy.
Rating: Unrated
02/07/2017
I was looking for something to use up some mushrooms that were looking a little tired, and some chicken stock that was left over. "But there's no chicken stock in the recipe George" I hear you say... Hah! No-one follows the recipes properly, they always change half the ingredients and substitute Chilli powder for fennel... Plus - I'm English and we don't do cups here - I watched the video and winged it. The Sprog (14, 4" taller than me and fussy about food) came back for thirds. We shall return!
Rating: 2 stars
02/07/2014
I think this should really be called "Lentil and Mushroom" soup. I made the recipe as directed and the instructions and times were fine for me. It was a nice, fast recipe. I think the results were good--just like the picture--but I found that the ratio of lentils to vegetables was a little too high for my taste. I really couldn't taste the mushrooms at all. Next time, I will cut back the lentils and increase the mushrooms.
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Rating: Unrated
11/11/2013
I made this and it was terrific. It needed more time before the lentils were softened, but once softened, it was wonderful! Big hit with my husband as well. We will be making it again.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2013
I made this last night and also found it pretty bland. To add flavour, I added a tablespoon of cumin and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I also had to let it simmer for over an hour to soften the lentils. This meant adding a few more cups if water.
Rating: Unrated
12/07/2011
Made this tonight for dinner and it was a little bland. Perhaps I was light on the salt? My soup did not look anything like the pic! It never really thickened as much as the pic suggested it would. Husband was not a fan so now I have an entire pot to finish on my own!
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2011
I only tried this recipe because my husband loves lentils and mushrooms - I am not the type of person who considers anything with soup in the title to be dinner material. This is truly addictive, especially wtih a little sea salt on top (not to mention filling and guilt-free).