Recipe: Leftover Mujadara Becomes A Quick, Warming Soup


A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Mujadara and I made it a second time only a few days later, so we had a lot of tasty rice, lentil and caramelized onion leftovers around the house. As much as I love this dish, I couldn’t finish them all off. I just happened to have some leftover broth from dried shiitake mushrooms lying around, and it hit me that the two together would make a nice soup. Shiitake broth is a favorite for me because if you have the dried mushrooms in your pantry, you can have a rich stock in just 15 or 20 minutes. I use it a lot as the vegetarian base for stir-fry sauces instead of chicken broth. Here’s the soup "recipe", if you can call it that! The savory flavors of the mushrooms and caramelized onions make a rich base for the lentils and rice. As simple as this sounds, it is pretty rapture inducing.

Leftover Mujadara and Shiitake Soup
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free
Serves 2

  • 2 c. leftover mujadara
  • 2 good handfuls of dried shiitake mushrooms
  • parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Put the mushrooms in a microwave safe bowl, fill with water to cover, and microwave about 5 minutes, until they reach a boil. Or do this on the stove. Remove from heat and lest rest about 10-15 minutes, then put through a fine mesh strainer, squeezing the juice out of the mushrooms. You should have a strongly flavored broth, adjust as necessary.
  2. Slice the tender parts of the mushrooms.
  3. Combine the broth, mushrooms, and mujadara in a pot and bring to a simmer.
  4. Serve, garnished with the parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, October 29th, 2007 in Recipes, Soups, Vegan or Modifiable.

4 Responses to “Recipe: Leftover Mujadara Becomes A Quick, Warming Soup”

  1. Reply
    January 9, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    What a great idea. I made Mujadara for the first time this week (new vegetarian) and loved it! However, after eating it for three days in a row, it needs a little something extra. I’m having this soup tomorrow. Thank you!

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    January 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    So, about how much water do you use in the recipe?

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      January 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Oh, gosh, I’m turning red looking at this… poor recipe is over 5 years only and just a couple months after I started the site. I don’t know how much water I used, if you want to try to replicate this one you’ll just have to do it by eye and taste. I think I write recipes a lot better these days! 🙂

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    April 23, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    I’m going to order Mujaddara from my local Lebanese joint, just so I can make soup from the leftovers. I’m thinking about adding something spicy. ?

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