Slow cooker lentil stew

    4 hours 15 min

    A super-easy, vegan-friendly stew, which is made in a slow cooker. Button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, barley, lentils and herbs grace this stew. It's thick, hearty and totally delicious.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 litres vegetable stock
    • 200g sliced fresh button mushrooms
    • 30g dried shiitake mushrooms, torn into pieces
    • 150g uncooked pearl barley
    • 150g dry lentils
    • 4 tablespoons dried onion flakes
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
    • 2 teaspoons dried summer savory
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • salt to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr15min 

    1. In a slow cooker, mix the stock, button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, barley, lentils, onion flakes, garlic, savory, bay leaves, basil, pepper and salt.
    2. Cover and cook 4 to 6 hours on High or 10 to 12 hours on Low. Remove bay leaves before serving.


    Summer savory can be purchased in speciality stores or online. If unavailable, use dried thyme instead.

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    Really tasty, but the cooking time is way too long for the amount of liquid called for. 9 hours on low gave me lentil and mushroom stuffing rather than a stew! Even so, I'll definitely make it again, even if I tweak the recipe some.  -  28 Mar 2011


    I didn't like it. Horrible texture and not to my taste. With some improvements it may be nicer but not for me.  -  24 Oct 2015


    This recipe is definitely a keeper, although (as others said) there is too much pepper. I actually enjoy that much heat in many recipes, but in this recipe it dominates too much over the more subtle flavors. I will cut in half at least next time, and maybe a quarter for my toddlers' sake. A really neat thing about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are dry or easily replaced with dry ingredients, so it is easy to pre-mix on the weekend, store in a Ziploc bag on a shelf, and then throw in a crockpot with 2 quarts of water in the morning before work any day of the week - or even a month later, if you use an oxygen-reducing packet. I replaced broth with boullion and garlic with garlic powder. Button mushrooms were the only fresh ingredient we used, and I since found a way to order freeze-dried mushrooms - so next time I will be using entirely dry ingredients and then will "just add water".  -  27 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)