This vegetarian soup is good. And filling, with a capital “F.”
I usually don’t aim for meat-lover-satisfying with my meals, because I tend to prefer lighter things. And, well, I don’t like to pretend my meals have meat in them.
But this here?
This is definitely a vegetarian meal that would satisfy any meat-lover I know, I can tell you that: tons of texture, huge bites of flavor, and so filling.
I love serving thick soups and stews inside a bread bowl. A sourdough boule with a fluffy inside and crunchy, crisp crust is the perfect accompaniment for this hearty recipe.
Making this soup is actually pretty simple. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to cook from start to finish – which is doable for most of us on a weeknight.
Plan to make it for next week!Print
Here’s a hearty spiced vegetarian soup with lentils, mushrooms, and potatoes, all served in a sourdough bread bowl.
- 2 cups uncooked small green lentils
- 9 cups vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 9–10 small yellow potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 veggie sausages, optional
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Mini sourdough bread boules, optional
- Combine the lentils, broth, and bay leaf in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and cook partially covered for 20 minutes.
- Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Add the carrots, celery, and onion in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, stirring often, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
- Add the potatoes, mushrooms, and browned veggies to the pot with the lentils. Stir to combine. Mix in the spices. Cook at a steady boil for another 20 minutes or so, until the potatoes and lentils are soft.
- While the soup is cooking, slice each sausage, if using, in half moons. Heat the other tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan you used for the vegetables. Add the sausages. Cook over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes, tossing often, until the slices are evenly browned.
- Add the rosemary, soy sauce, and browned sausages to the soup pot and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- If using the bread bowls, use a serrated knife to cut a circle in the top of each sourdough boule, kind of like you would a pumpkin. Remove the top, then pull out some of the bread inside to make a bowl without tearing through the crust.
- Ladle the soup into each bowl and serve immediately.
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keywords: vegetarian recipes, mushrooms, lentils, bread bowl, comfort food
Leftover Comfort Food
If you only have time to make this mushroom-laden dish on the weekend, don’t you fret. You’ll have leftovers for days! This recipe makes a large batch of soup – enough to feed 8 people, possibly more if you are serving it in the sourdough bread bowls, which take up tummy space.
If you’re scared of large recipes, you could cut it in half, or just freeze half for later. Freezing makes homemade soup super easy on nights you don’t have much time.
And if you love lentils like we do, then check out some of our other tasty recipes:
- Lentil and Brown Rice Salad (Vegan)
- French Lentil Soup with Spices and Chard (Vegetarian)
- French Lentils with Tomatoes, Marcona Almonds, and Goat Cheese (Vegetarian)
- Lentils with Strawberries and Goat Cheese
Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on September 17th, 2014. Last updated: December 31, 2019 at 4:33 am. With additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Raquel Smith
Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).