Cream of Lentil Soup

If you like spicy foods, add up to 2 tsp. chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

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If you like spicy foods, add up to 2 tsp. chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce.




  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms, divided
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter


  • 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed, cubed
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. chopped chives


  1. To make Soup: Cover mushrooms with 2 cups boiling water in bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain, and reserve liquid. Remove and discard stems, then thinly slice caps. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 minutes, or until soft. Add lentils, chipotle, 1/2 cup mushrooms, reserved mushroom liquid, salt and 5 cups water. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Purée in blender or food processor. Return to pot, and stir in milk, vinegar and butter.
  3. To make Croutons: Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and remaining mushrooms, and cook 1 minute, or until browned and crisp. Transfer to bowl. Add bread cubes to pan, and sauté 3 minutes, or until browned. Toss croutons with mushrooms. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with croutons and chives.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size Serves 8
  • Calories 229
  • Carbohydrate Content 35 g
  • Cholesterol Content 6 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 7 g
  • Protein Content 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 327 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g