Rating: 4.09 stars
304 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 147
  • 4 star values: 85
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 15

This crock pot recipe is easy to assemble and needs no attention while it cooks. The flavors blend nicely to give it a wholesome earthy flavor that is unbelievably vegetarian. Serve with garlic bread.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
12 hrs
total:
12 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a slow cooker, mix the broth, button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, barley, lentils, onion flakes, garlic, savory, bay leaves, basil, pepper, and salt.

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  • Cover, and cook 4 to 6 hours on High or 10 to 12 hours on Low. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 43.9g; fat 1.2g; sodium 466mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (304)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2007
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". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2011
Too much pepper! I tried to add more broth more barley and lentils still to much pepper. Going to try lemon juice and a little sugar. Read More
(24)
304 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 147
  • 4 star values: 85
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
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". Read More
(164)
Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2005
Yum! I chopped up a whole onion instead of using flakes. Before putting everything into the crockpot I sauteed the onion 2 minced cloves of garlic one grated carrot and one minced jalapeno in some olive oil. Then I put that into the crockpot. I didn't have savory so I just used italian seasoning in lieu of that and the basil. A keeper! Read More
(119)
Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2006
this is a great healthy low-fat recipe...i have made it several times. HOWEVER i would recommend that you cut the amount of black pepper in the recipe in half (to 1 tsp) because otherwise it has a lingering burn and your lips will be on fire by the end of a bowl!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2004
This is an amazing soup! I made it two days before serving it for Christmas dinner (I had two vegans who came to dinner)and my guests were extremely impressed. My husband who likes hearty beef based soups was surprised at it's taste and called it "satisfying." Plus my daughter-in-law who prides herself on her homemade soups stated it was the best soup she ever had. Need I say more? Thank you Carol. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2007
Since I am not vegetarian I used chicken broth but didn't add salt. Walmart didn't have shitake mushrooms ( I live in rual Western Michigan ) so I just doubled the amount called for using regular mushrooms. This is a staple recipe in my kitchen I will use it over and over and over... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2007
This had delicious flavor and a wonderful hearty texture. I used all fresh herbs (but I didn't have savory so I used thyme and a bit of mint) a whole Vidalia onion instead of onion flakes and baby bellas instead of button mushrooms. I followed other reviewers' advice and used only 1 tsp pepper but next time I'll up it to 1.5. My boyfriend the soup junkie loved this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2005
Maybe it's just my crock pot but I cooked it on high for 4 hours and most of the liquid cooked away. I added more water and a splash of white wine. This is a delicious hearty fall/winter recipe. Read More
(24)
Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2011
Too much pepper! I tried to add more broth more barley and lentils still to much pepper. Going to try lemon juice and a little sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
This recipe was great. I like others, made some changes: I replaced the onion flakes with 1 chopped white onion and the summer savory with italian seasoning. I also reduced the pepper to 1.5 tsp. I added frozen peas, chopped carrots, a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce and one bottle of beer (I used Anchor Steam Christmas Ale because that is what I had). The results were delicious and this was very filling and hearty. I am glad I added a lot of extra liquid -- otherwise it would be way too thick. I will definitely make it this way again! Read More
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