Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Five Spice Shiitakes

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A quick, easy and tasty recipe for a thick and soul-warming pumpkin soup fragrantly spiced with curry and served with 5 spice shiitake mushrooms.

5 Spice ShiitakesSoup
  • 12 Dried shiitakes, soaked and diced
  • 1-2 tbsp Bacon dripping
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1/3 tsp Five spice powder
  • 1-2 tsp Maggi seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Medium sweet sherry
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp Curry powder
  • 700 g Butternut squash, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 100 g Red lentils, rinsed
  • 1l Vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley leaves, to serve
  1. Soak dried mushrooms in warm water until plump, about 30 minutes. Drain well, then dice the softened mushrooms. Heat the bacon dripping in a skillet. Add in minced garlic and diced mushrooms. Sauté briefly, adding in five spice, maggi seasoning and sherry, and continue stirring until mushrooms are tender and coated with the sauce. Keep warm until ready to use.
  2. Heat a large saucepan with olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the butternut squash, red lentils, and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the butternut squash and red lentils are soft.
  3. Remove the soup from the heat and puree with a handheld blender or whirl in batches in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the low-medium heat and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle among serving bowls. Top with the stir-fried mushrooms and parsley to serve.

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 10/11/11 13:13

What a beautiful autumn soup. Love the shiitake mushrooms with the sherry. Sherry brings such a nice touch of elegance to soups.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 10/11/11 13:22

A great flavor combo! I love using five spice powder.



nancy at good food matters 10/11/11 13:23

Combining butternut squash and red lentils in a vegetable-based soup is brilliant. And, I like the five-spice seasoning for the shiitakes--should really enhance those earthy flavors. I will be making this for my vegetarian husband. thanks, Angie!

Trix 10/11/11 13:27

Wow, the color on this soup is amazing - looks soooo comforting!

Candy 10/11/11 13:35

I'm dying to make butternut squash soup and this recipe looks exceptional! Lovely photos!

Catherine 10/11/11 13:37

Dear Angie, This soup sounds perfect. I just love the spices and lentils added. Blessings, Catherine

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 10/11/11 14:08

Lots of flavor, looks delicious. I love that it's quick and easy.

StephenC 10/11/11 14:44

I am amazed by your pictures. As it happens Peter made an acorn squash soup yesterday. What he put in it I couldn't tell you. I will say this: fall is squash weather!

Belinda @zomppa 10/11/11 14:46

This is so bright and comforting!

Heather @ girlichef.com 10/11/11 14:57

The photos are stunning...so rich! And the soup sounds amazing. Loving the five spice in there, it must taste amazing.

Heavenly Housewife 10/11/11 15:45

What beautiful flavours, and the soup looks so beautiful and silky!
*kisses* HH

Kumi 10/11/11 15:56

Soul-warming is right... it looks so inviting and love the shiitake topping!

Shirley @ Kokken69 10/11/11 16:29

Butternut Squash soup is one my first western soup made... after watching Jamie Oliver's recipe on a inflight program...:)

Gloria 10/11/11 16:32

Delicious dear I love these type of soup!!! gloria

Dulce Dough 10/11/11 17:18

Sounds like a delicious autumn soup! Your photos are beautiful!

the food dude 10/11/11 18:21

Awesome soup dish, fantastic colors!

Anne@frommysweetheart 10/11/11 18:27

Angie...butternut squash soup, plain and simple, is my favorite kind of soup! But adding shitakes and red lentils.....even better! Your photography is just stunning! (As always!) : )

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 10/11/11 19:01

This looks amazing! It's cloudy, cold and gray outside - this soup would be perfect about right now! Yummy - thanks for this one - I already printed it out.

tigerfish 10/11/11 19:15

Such an interesting combination that I bet is so delicious too! You are very creative :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 10/11/11 21:56

The 5 spice Shiitakes sound wonderful with this soup! What a wonderfully warming recipe.

Lora 10/11/11 22:21

Love the soup and the pictures are so cheerfully Fall. Just beautiful!

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks 10/11/11 22:22

What a great soup for the fall season, and your pictures are absolutely beautiful!

Jasna's kitchen creations 10/11/11 23:02

Soups are always welcome in my home; and lentil soup is my favorite. Thanks for sharing recipe for your colourful-one!

lisa is cooking 10/11/11 23:27

This sounds like a fantastic fall soup. I love red lentils, and with the butternut squash and the mushrooms on top, the soup sounds lovely.

aipi 11/11/11 00:33

I am in love with the colors in your pics n that cute pot :)

Russell at Chasing Delicious 11/11/11 03:00

Such a pretty soup. I love the recipe. Yum!

anne 11/11/11 03:19

That soup will surely chase away those winter chill :D I love the five spice shiitakes topping . Gorgeous presentation as always ;)

Claudia 11/11/11 03:20

I made a red curried-lentil soup this eve - but true to form - now I want yours. The squash - great idea! Those mushrooms - grandest idea!

Ann 11/11/11 03:33

Wow - this is stunning! I like the lentils in it - and using a blender makes it creamy and a taste surprise! Thanks for sharing...as always....beautiful photos!

Jamie Walker 11/11/11 04:06

This looks amazing! YUM, I love the idea of adding lentils to it

Cheah 11/11/11 04:22

This soup is so nutritious and gosh, love those clicks!

Words Of Deliciousness 11/11/11 05:05

The soup looks amazing, so does the photos.

Bizzy B. Bakes 11/11/11 05:34

I would call this the "everything" soup because has it so many delicious components. This is one to make.

tania@mykitchenstories 11/11/11 07:36

This would be delicious and a great use of five spice..... Love the orangeness of your pics

peachkins 11/11/11 07:39

the shiitake sounds very flavorful and I'm sure it will lend flavor to your soup...

Priya 11/11/11 10:00

Yum yum, i can finish that beautiful looking soup in no time,tempting and comforting soup definitely..

Ann@Anncoo Journal 11/11/11 10:12

WOW! Love this beautiful creamy soup. Definitely one serving is not enough fro me.

Sharmilee! :) 11/11/11 10:16

Creamy and yummy soup..beautiful colours on ur pics :)

tartedujour 11/11/11 12:29

Mmmm... the essence of fall in a bowl! This soup looks delicious and a real soul warmer.

thecompletecookbook 11/11/11 14:14

Angie, your meals are always so incredible!
:-) Mandy

Biren @ Roti n Rice 11/11/11 15:33

That sounds like a delicious soup! I also like the bits of savory five-spice shiitake lending extra flavor to the soup.

Elisabeth 11/11/11 16:24

After reading about all your spices and ingredients...including the combination of the butternut squash and red lentils, I am SOLD!
I love this rustic, colorful, and delicious perfect soup for the fall season!
Angie-you just keep bringing them on, and I will be one "happy person." (not that I'm not happy) ...you contribute SO much to our foodie community...I am starting my nomination to vote for you, for next year!
I do hope you will be able to come to the Blogger Festival next year! I sure would love to meet up with you, in person:DDD

motherrimmy 11/11/11 17:44

Looks like I'm going to be making a trip to the store for red lentils and mushrooms. Terrific soup!

sweetcarolinescooking.com 11/11/11 19:39

Oh, how I love butternut squash soup. One of my favorite fall recipes, by far. I'm loving that white bowl you served the soup in. Your addition of mushrooms is brilliant. :)

grace 11/11/11 22:06

with this soup, you've combined two ingredients that make fabulous soups even on their own! lovely fall flavors, angie. :)

FOODESSA 11/11/11 22:36

If this soup is anywhere near being as good as that photo looks...you've certainly have a winning combo ;o)

Have a great weekend Angie.

Ciao for now,

Muskaan at A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine 12/11/11 02:09

That soup surely looks so comforting..and loved that leaf coaster..

A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine

Rosita Vargas 12/11/11 03:22

Adoro ésta sopa muy sabrosa luce espectacular,abrazos grandes hugs,hugs.

Jo 12/11/11 10:56

This soup sounds delicious and I do love pumpkin. What a great dish for the holidays and the clicks are gorgeous. The colours just jump out from my screen.

Joanne 12/11/11 13:12

I've been pretty addicted to five-spice lately and it really compliments butternut squash so well! Delicious soup!

kitchen flavours 12/11/11 15:31

Your soup looks so delicious and the little serving bowl is so, so, cute! How I wish to have some of your soup right now!

Nammi 12/11/11 15:40

Those squashes in the back ground are gorgeous!!! Have a nice week end

Cooking Gallery 12/11/11 23:08

This soup looks perfect for autumn and even Halloween (even though it's already overy now ;)).

A Canadian Foodie 12/11/11 23:09

I love 5 spice - I do my candied nuts at Christmas with it - and the photos here are DEADLY! Gorgeous. I love the idea of using the lentils - but I would make them in to a flour consistency and use them as a thickener as I cannot tolerate a lentil texture wise. Weird, eh?

Monet 13/11/11 05:15

Butternut squash and red lentil sounds like the perfect seasonal soup. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring recipe. I just finished eating but am already hungry again. Much love from Austin!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com 13/11/11 05:16

Gorgeous photos honey - so drool-worthy :D I love how you've add 5 spice in this recipe. So tasteful!

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog!

Spoon and Chopsticks 13/11/11 05:25

What a great combination of butternut squash and red lentils. Love it!

Spoon and Chopsticks

Barbara 13/11/11 13:31

Can't wait to try this, Angie. It will be a nice change from my normal butternut squash soup, which is beginning to get boring! :) Love the lentils in this and what a super idea to top with those wonderful shiitakes!

Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com 13/11/11 14:44

Again such interesting flavour combos. I adore butternut squash; it's so creamy! Wonderful colors for the autumn.

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors 13/11/11 16:39

Who would have thought of using red lentils with butternut squash and 5 spice powder. Genius Angie :))

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Peggy 13/11/11 18:52

This soup sounds fantastic Angie!

tobias kocht! 13/11/11 19:23

Great combination of flavours. I love this soup.

Lilly 13/11/11 20:22

Amazing soup! The shiitakes take it to a whole different level. Love your leave placemat. So pretty!

OysterCulture 14/11/11 01:07

Wow, you are getting me ready for fall with these recipes. This sounds so good on a chilly day.

Beth 14/11/11 01:09

You always have the most interesting and delicious flavor combinations. Anytime you post anything from butternut squash, you definitely catch my attention!

kelly @ inspired edibles.ca 14/11/11 02:43

The red lentils add such gorgeous colour to the squash Angie - but it's the shiitake that's got me all aflutter! ;0

sally 14/11/11 03:14

The 5 spice shiitakes sound fantastic! What a creative topping for such a beautiful soup!

lena 14/11/11 08:27

angie, you're brilliant as always..i simply believe that the concoction of all the flavours and spices here make this a very warm and tasty soup!

Only Fish Recipes 14/11/11 12:23

what a beautiful soup with rich texture! loved your clicks too !

Faith 14/11/11 13:59

Such a delicious soup -- perfect for this time of year, Angie!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 14/11/11 15:42

Fantastic! Honestly, i wish I lived with YOU.

Emily Malloy 14/11/11 17:19

You have combined my two passions! Heavenly!

Mary 14/11/11 18:30

This is a lovely soup. It is beautiful to look at and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Ashley@Bakerbynature 15/11/11 04:25

Oh... total swoon! This soup is so pretty... and lentils too?! Be still my heart. Thanks for sharing, Angie.

Geni 15/11/11 19:59

Hi Angie, I can't decide which I am more enamoured with...your soup itself or the terrine. This sounds so elegant and cozy for a cold day.

Koko 16/11/11 02:03

This soup looks absolutely mouthwatering!

Lauren 16/11/11 17:11

Love this combo of curry/butternut squash and red lentils. Missed your recipes.

myitaliansmorgasbord 17/11/11 00:00

yum! I have been making a spicy pumpkin soup with mushrooms a few times, but this sounds way better with the addition of lentils too. bookmarking this right away!

MaryMoh 17/11/11 09:29

This looks very warming and delicious. My girls love this type of soup with crusty bread, just like the ones you made. I love that shiitake mushrooms on top. I bet it gives added flavour to the soup. Love it....mmm

Cristina - Teenie Cakes 17/11/11 18:15

What a lovely soup, both the color and flavors. Using bacon drippings - yum, that's for sure the secret ingredient! Love the use of the squash and lentils, Angie!

Cinnamon and Thyme 17/11/11 21:35

I just love pumpkins :). Great photos!

Erica 18/11/11 15:36

What a beautiful soup,Angie!Perfect for Thanksgiving day!

Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious 19/11/11 03:01

I love how wonderful and hearty this soup is! Thanks for sharing!

themustardseed 19/11/11 03:44

Lovely soup! Love the combination of lentils and pumpkin and all the spices.This can easily be a comfort food in cold wintery days!

Jeanette 19/11/11 19:29

What a gorgeous warming soup - I could use a bowl of this right now it's so cold out today.

Jennie 20/11/11 15:39

This is my kind of soup! Amazing flavor combo. Loving the photos too!

Magic of Spice 22/11/11 01:05

Look at all of these delightful flavors...this must be heavenly on a cold day :)

Jeanette 14/1/12 21:56

Love how nice and warming this soup sounds.

Lauren 18/1/12 12:16

Can I just snack on those shitakes? Another winner, have to make this.


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