Mushroom, Lentil & Chard Soup

Lentil Soup

What do you cook when you are home alone? For me the answer is almost always soup. With Troy having been away on exercise in the bush for the past week and not getting back until Friday I’ve been making batch after batch of soup.

Apart from chocolate, soup would have to be my favourite food. It’s warming, comforting and soothing.  And soothing is especially important, when on days like today I’ve spent the day sneezing, with my nose running non stop due to hay fever. So now, after a bowl of soup, I’m snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea writing this post.

This soup is a combination of some of my favourite things – lentils, lemon and mushrooms, with some chard thrown in for good measure. For the base I used home made vegetable stock, but feel free to use a good quality store bought stock to speed things up. And while this soup may not look overly enticing in it’s dark brownish tones it was exactly what I wanted. Warming and nutritious with that surprising fresh kick of lemon at the end. Serve with some warm crusty rolls or homemade whole wheat bread.

So tell me, when you are home alone what foods do you cook for yourself?

By the way, if you haven’t already, I’d really love your vote in the Sydney Writer’s Centre People’s Choice Awards. Thank you!

Mushroom Lentil soup

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Mushroom, Lentil & Chard Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 200g of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbs of thyme leaves, freshly picked
  • ½ cup of French green lentils
  • 3 chard leaves, stalk and leaves chopped
  • 1600 mls of vegetable stock
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  1. Place a large saucepan over a medium heat. Once the pan has come up to heat add the olive oil and onions and fry until the onions are softened. Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme and fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and lentils and bring to the boil before reducing to a simmer. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the lentils are softened. Add the chard stalks and cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the chard leave and simmering for another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest and juice and mix well before ladelling into bowls and serving with a crusty bread roll or slices of homemade bread.


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  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 7, 2012  10:25 am Reply

    Soup is the perfect meal when cooking for one - plus I love any excuse to enjoy a warm crusty roll as part of my meal! (BTW, I've already put in my vote for you in the awards. Good luck!)

  2. K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo May 7, 2012  10:34 am Reply

    Soup is my absolute favourite food ever. Yes, I always make myself soup (or sometimes pasta) for dinner when I am home on my own - it's the best!! This one looks lovely, lentil based soups always make me so happy!!

  3. Kirsty May 7, 2012  10:50 am Reply

    As much as I love mushrooms (and I do) I've always hated mushroom soup - the blitzed variety that is, but this does look and sound lovely. Hope your hayfever gets better!

    • delicieux May 7, 2012  2:16 pm Reply

      I'm not much of a fan of the blitzed variety of mushroom soup either. So you're not alone there :) And thanks, my hayfever is better although I'm drugged up on antihistamines :D

  4. Marina@Picnic at Marina May 7, 2012  12:06 pm Reply

    I love soups too, even more that chocolate. Oh well, I am not a sweet eater anyway. I love the way you make your soup chunky. Delicious!

  5. Choc Chip Uru May 7, 2012  12:41 pm Reply

    A healthy and wonderful ingredient filled soup which is sure to comfort in the coolness of autumn :D
    And of course I will vote!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Katie @ Epicurean Mom May 7, 2012  1:11 pm Reply

    I totally voted for you! I hope you win! This looks so yummy! I love a good warm healthy soup!

  7. Rosa May 7, 2012  3:45 pm Reply

    A gorgeous soup! That is one fabulous combination of ingredients. Just up my alley.

    Great clicks, as always.



  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 7, 2012  3:46 pm Reply

    I absolutely crave soups when the weather is cold or when it's rainy. This one looks wonderful Jennifer! :D

  9. Gourmantine May 8, 2012  1:47 am Reply

    I tend to stick to salads or couscous salads when I'm alone, but I surely wouldn't mind having this soup up for dinner :)

  10. kankana May 8, 2012  11:08 am Reply

    Well in my case when the husband is away .. I go for sandwich or stuffs that he doesn't usually eat .. like loads of chocolate cake :P
    I like clear soup and this one sounds yum! All I would need is some bread to dig in.

  11. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 8, 2012  12:07 pm Reply

    Hi, Jennifer! This soup looks terrific! It's spring now here in the northern hemisphere, but we get plenty of rainy days that's perfect for a bowl of hot, healthy soup!

  12. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy May 8, 2012  2:35 pm Reply

    Just divine! This combines some of my favourite ingredients too. I am adding this to my "must make for winter" list.

    • delicieux May 8, 2012  10:01 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it Anna :D I really love the lemon in it to give that surprising kick at the end.

  13. Sanjeeta kk May 8, 2012  7:41 pm Reply

    What a comforting soup, Jennifer..and mushroom gives extra punch to any mushrooms.

  14. Jeline May 8, 2012  8:54 pm Reply

    I am not familiar with this kind of soup and I guess a lot of people would want to give this a try too.. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Claire May 8, 2012  11:43 pm Reply

    Wow! it made me hungry. Thanks for sharing your mouthwatering post. It was a healthy one.

  16. Jean | Lemons and Anchovies May 9, 2012  12:33 am Reply

    I have to say, when I'm alone, I don't cook as much. I order takeout from our favorite Italian restaurant and call it a day. Sometimes I'll make something that my husband wouldn't normally eat so I cook a treat or two for myself.

    This soup is lovely--my husband and I would both enjoy it. :)

  17. ATasteOfMadness May 9, 2012  3:18 am Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious!! I can't even believe how good this looks. So healthy too!
    I'm definitely voting! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I think I'm going to be spending a lot of time looking around :)

  18. Ella May 10, 2012  2:24 am Reply

    Thanks that you've shared this with us. Looking forward for more mouthwatering post.


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