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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 15 dried shiitake mushrooms or 400 gr fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped parsley and/or coriander as garnish


  1. Heat oil in a medium-size pot and sauté onion and garlic for about 3 minutes or until onion begins to soften.
  2. Add celery, stir and add mushrooms.
  3. Simmer until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, lentils and vegetable stock and bring to boil.
  5. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about one hour until lentils soften.
  6. If the soup is too thick, add more hot vegetable stock or boiling water.
  7. Season to taste and garnish with chopped parsley or coriander. Serve hot.