365 Days of Slow Cooking: Day 309: Barley Mushroom Lentil Soup

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 309: Barley Mushroom Lentil Soup


Makes 8-10 servings

9 cups water + 5 beef or vegetable bouillon cubes
4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 cup uncooked barley
3/4 cup dried lentils
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
3 bay leaves
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
Salt to taste

Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the water and add to slow cooker. Add in mushrooms, barley, lentils, onion, bay leaves and garlic to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours (until barley and lentils are tender). Add in thyme, sage, basil, pepper and salt. Cover and cook for 1 hour on LOW. Remove bay leaves and serve. Makes 8 servings.

I loved this soup. It was good the night I ate it and then for my subsequent lunches the next few days. The barley gave it a chewy texture. This is a very healthy recipe and it keeps you full too. 4 stars.

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  1. Prepared this last night for a family get-together and they absolutely loved it. All your hard work is worth it when you see your family enjoying what you've fixed for them. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  2. so glad you liked it Bruno!

  3. When you made this did you use red lentils or green lentils? looks great, cant wait to try it!

  4. Tara, I used green lentils!

  5. This sounds delicious! I am gluten free and need a substitute for the barely. What would you suggest?

  6. momou18, I would use long grain brown rice! It would work terrific.

  7. What kind of mushrooms did you use?

    1. Just regular white button mushrooms!

  8. Anonymous21/1/14 14:23

    This looks amazing. I have 3 questions: First, can I use regular brown lentils, instead of green? Second, in your photo, there is something in the soup that looks like black beans (or maybe mushrooms that have been sauteed in a frying pan). What are they? Third, I have a quart container of of veg broth. Is there any reason why I can't use that, instead of water and bullion? Thanks in advance!

    1. 1. yes you can use whatever kind of lentils you want
      2. mushrooms, they weren't cooked beforehand...that's just what they look like after they cooked in the crockpot
      3. sure use the veg broth! make sure to season to taste at the end. Good luck!

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  10. Would onion powder work instead of flakes? If so, how much should I add? Also, would a 4-quart crockpot work? Thanks, this looks delicious!!

    1. Hi Lizze, I'd add in 1 tsp of onion powder. Yes, I bet a 4 quart could be perfect! Good luck!