Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew

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.


  • 2 quarts vegetable broth

  • 2 cups sliced fresh button mushrooms

  • 1 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms, torn into pieces

  • 3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

  • 3/4 cup dry lentils

  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons dried summer savory

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. In a slow cooker, mix the broth, 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.