One of the things I do when entertaining for meat eaters is to make food that is hearty. Adding shitake mushrooms to a lentil stew is the perfect way to give some “toothiness.” Don’t tell them though! No reason to spoil our fun!
The easiest Lentil Stew you will ever make to fake-out your meat eaters!
2 cups of lentils (soaked overnight and rinsed)
2 onions chopped
5 stalks of celery chopped
6 carrots chopped
4 cups shitake mushrooms (if you have never worked with these, no worries! Put them in a bowl and cover with water. Toss about and make sure all the dirt is off. Separate stems from caps and chop. This is what gives the soup its “meatiness”)
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp basil
Put all ingredients in a large soup pot.
Cover with water. (Make sure you have about 2 more inches of water then ingredients.)
Simmer for 1.5 hours
If you like it thicker, cook off more water.
If you like it thinner, add more water.