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Mushroom and wild rice slow-cooker stew

Total Time
7 hr 17 min
17 min
7 hr
Mushroom stand in for chicken in this vegetarian, seven-ingredient take on the classic and well-loved stew. Browning the leeks and mushrooms before they go into the slow cooker builds flavor, bringing out their natural sweetness, and adds color. You can skip that step if you are pressed for time, but you can taste the difference in the final dish. Wild rice (which is actually the seed of an aquatic grass) has a nutty, earthy flavor and a distinct chewy texture that makes it lovely to bite into in this stew. It absorbs water and cooks slowly, so preparing it in the slow cooker is ideal.


Olive oil

1½ tsp

Uncooked leek(s)

2 cup(s), finely chopped, white parts only (about 2 large leeks)

Dried shiitake mushroom(s)

2 cup(s), sliced

Uncooked carrot(s)

1 cup(s), diced

Vegetable broth

3 cup(s)

Table salt

1 tsp

Uncooked wild rice

1 cup(s)


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add leeks and mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. (Note: If you’re in a hurry, skip this step and simply add all the ingredients directly to the slow cooker.)
  2. Spoon leeks and mushrooms into a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, broth, salt and rice; cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.