Virtual Vegan Potluck: Red Lentil, Couscous, & Vegetable Stoup. Oil-free.

lentil soup in bowl(Yes, I did use a dreaded Rachel Ray word in the recipe title.  I apologize for that, but it fits for this recipe.  It starts out as a soup but turns into a stew the next day, as you can see from the photos.)

WELCOME TO THE FOURTH VIRTUAL VEGAN POTLUCK!  I’ve got some appreciation to take care of: First of all, thank you to every one who signed on to this craziness.  The directions are complicated, the reminder emails get annoying, and most of all, I know the amount of effort it takes to get a blog post to the Publish stage.  I truly appreciate your time and energy.  I’m always awed and inspired by what you create in the kitchen.

I made a few changes in implementation for this Potluck and it’s made all of the difference.  Having Mentors helping me communicate and coordinate with participants took a big weight off of my shoulders, so thank you thank you to my international crew: Rachael of Rubber Cowgirl, Keely of Gormandize, Barb of That Was Vegan?, Kamila of Sensual Appeal, Liezl of Spinach Revolution, and Angela of Canned Time.  Angela wore multiple hats and did a great job with the VVP Pinterest board.  And thanks to Lidia over at Vegan Bloggers Unite! for once again playing hostess to the Potluck.

Lastly, I want to share what I discovered shortly before I started work on this Potluck.  I realized that when I backed off of worrying about sponsorship and promotion, I enjoyed the process again: welcoming bloggers to their first Potluck; seeing old friends sign up for their fourth event; helping people choose a course or dish.  After all, my original inspiration was to carve out some space and time to share plant-based food with the blogging community – many of whom have become friends.  It’s about letting our creativity shine.  It’s about appreciating the unique perspective we all have.  And this November it was all about making everything from bread to desserts using beets…


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  • Author: Annie


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos – just a splash
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • pinch coriander
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 no-salt vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 15 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 Italian vegan sausage link, homemade (or use Field Roast brand, sliced)
  • 4 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous


  1. In a large pot, sauté the onions, carrot, and celery in some vegetable broth and/or water. Add a splash of Liquid Aminos, cover and cook the vegetables until soft. After about 10 minutes, stir in the garlic, thyme, coriander, dried onion, and black pepper. Stir for about a minute.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes, zucchini, lentils, broth, water, veggie bouillon, and artichoke hearts. Bring mixture to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer; cover, and cook for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Stir in the sausage, spinach, and couscous and cook for about 20 more minutes. Serve piping hot with vegan Parmesan-style cheese.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 284
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 854
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 47
  • Protein: 16
  • Cholesterol: 7

red lentil soup

Here’s what I shared in previous Potlucks:
May 2012: Sage & Rosemary Dinner Rolls with Roasted Garlic Coconut Butter
November 2012: Maple Creme & Mocha Spice Cake Trifle with Fresh Blueberries
May 2013: Sweet Potato Fries with Parsley, Garlic, & Lemon Zest

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102 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Red Lentil, Couscous, & Vegetable Stoup. Oil-free.

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  3. tearoomdelights

    That is one hearty looking meal. I like the idea of the artichoke hearts, they’re an interesting addition. Congratulations on your fourth VVP, I hope it goes smoothly and fills lots of virtual tummies. I already feel pretty full after looking at this dish but I’m sure I can squeeze a few more in…

  4. The Vegan Kat

    That’s looks really yummy! Most of my soups turns out to be stoups, but I like them that way 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work organizing the VVP again! I’m glad I could participate!

  5. Poppy

    Love your inspirational words Annie, and as always thank you for all your hard work making this a reality. Thanks also to the mentors!
    As for the stoup – that’s the first time I’ve heard that word and I love it!! This stoup looks fabulous and hearty, just what I’m craving in the chilly weather!
    Also I love the colour scheme of your photos 😀

  6. Susmitha - Veganosaurus

    Stoup? *giggles* I want to keep repeating that word. Stoup stoup stoup. 😛 YUM!

    My autocorrect is literally asking me to “stop” saying it now. LOL

    Your stoup looks absolutely, amazingly delicious, Annie. Sooo freaking hearty! I totally want to make some stoup now!!!

    Thank you sooooo very much for thinking of this wonderful event! 🙂 So happy to be a part of VVP again.

  7. Nikki Spigner

    This looks incredible (I know somewhere you said it didn’t… but, I’m here to say… ya-huh). And, it is the perfect time of year… as it get colder, my soups are getting thicker and thicker, anyway…. thanks for this!

  8. narf77

    You can rest easy with the “stoup”…Rachel Ray didn’t invent it! She stole it from my ex father in law who was calling thick soup “stoup” back in the early 80’s so feel free to use it with impunity (and call Rachel Ray an imposteress!) 😉

  9. coconutandberries

    A huge thank you for organizing the Potluck Annie! You and the mentores have been so efficient and patient with us all. I’m delighted to join in for the first time and hope there are many more to come 🙂
    Loving your hearty “stoup”. Just perfect for right now.

  10. gigiveganville

    I am so bleary eyed that I didn’t even realize that you stooped to Stoup, and I love your stoup. thick and hearty just the way I like it.
    Thank you to you and all the peeps responsible for this shindig.

  11. Kelli

    That looks incredible! So delicious and easy to make… Thanks for all of your hard work ~ it’s been so much fun reading through all of these today at the same time as our friends all around the world!

  12. RG

    Ah yes, stoup. Nothing says nourishing and hearty than a stoup! Thanks for putting the potluck together Anne! Sorry if I had a small delay with my entry but all is good now. Thanks again and congrats to the evergrowing event!

  13. betsydijulio

    What a lovely photo of a lovely soup. I am a sucker for soup this time of year and yours includes some of my favorite ingredients!

  14. spinachrevolution

    I have never heard of “stoup” before. I thought it was a mistake ;D. I am a huge fan of stoups (now that it has a name, I am going to make more stoups)…
    Great recipe, it looks so good, I even want it in the bowl displayed in the photos. So beautiful and yummy looking.
    Thank you for the great recipe.

  15. Cadry's Kitchen

    Great work on VVP!! You should be really proud and happy for how everything has come together. That’s a terrific looking soup. I love a real hearty, meal-like soup. I don’t watch Rachel Ray, and so the only things I knew she said were “yummo” and “EVOO” (instead of actually saying extra virgin olive oil). Stoup is a new one on me!

  16. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Annie dear, I truly cannot thank you enough for beginning this event. I am so proud of you and feel honoured to be participating for the 4th time!

    This looks delicious and I won’t hold your Rachel Ray term against you 🙂

  17. celestedimilla

    Hehe – that does look like a stoup and it looks delicious too!!! And congratulations on pulling off yet another wonderful potluck Annie!! You are the master of coordination – that’s for darn sure! I don’t know how you manage two of these a year, but I appreciate your efforts. Thank you!! 🙂

  18. Michelle @ The Fresh Direction

    Thanks so much for all your work on the VVP – it is such a great “event” and I know we all appreciate the opportunity to connect with fellow vegan bloggers. Also, this stew/soup looks amazing. Perfect for this time of year. Congrats on this season’s VVP – can’t wait for the next one 🙂

  19. Kristy

    Oh my word, Annie! I just want to curl up with a blanket and that bowl of stoup and forget about the world.

    Thank you again for holding such a fun event. VVP forever!

  20. Trish @infinebalance

    Awesome event Annie! Once again a success, actually an event that has grown far too big for me to make through in a weekend! And that is awesome.
    PS: I use the word stoup all the time, without apology 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I was pretty bleary-eyed by the time I went through all of the blogs on Saturday. I’ll be going back through, taking my time – – to choose the best dishes when voting opens (soon!). Thanks, Trish!

      Maybe if I changed the spelling to stewp I’d feel better about using it…

  21. Laura

    This looks so amazing! I’ve already saved it to make it when I’m home! Thank you for organizing everything – this is an amazing community and it is so fun to be a part of it!

  22. sweetveg

    Well, here it is Tuesday night and I am still working my way through.Maybe I am just a slow eater. 🙂 I love this s(t)oup, Annie! It looks so hearty and nourishing. Perfect for the damp, chilly drizzle we have going on here in Seattle. Thank you for your vision and effort. This potluck has been a delight as always. xo

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  24. Keely @ Gormandize

    Gorgeous! You’re a legend for organising this massive event, glad I could help out and I’ll look forward to helping you out again for the next one. I’m thinking next potluck should feature some type of citrus – lemons, limes or oranges. I think it should be oranges. Great for savoury and sweet! Can’t wait ’til next time!

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