Hearty Lentil Stew

This tasty lentil stew is packed with hearty flavor and loaded with plant based protein. Perfect for a simple lunch or dinner! Here’s a cozy recipe that embodies the rhythm of soup season: this Hearty Lentil Stew! There’s something about the simple actions: chopping the onion, mincing the garlic, and listening for the sizzle of the veggies as they hit the hot oil. The rhythm of a big pot of soup or stew has been passed down through the centuries: and this one is a mighty delicious spin. The broth is flavored with tangy fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic and smoked paprika, and it’s full of vegetables and hearty lentils. It was a big hit over here, as lentil recipes usually are! It makes a simple lunch or dinner that’s nourishing for the body — and the soul, too. Ingredients in this lentil stew When it comes to eating healthy and plant-based, lentils are the rock stars of the food world. They’re full of plant-based protein and nutrients to keep you full all day long. This lentil stew is a simple way to eat more of them, perfect for easy lunches and dinner throughout the week. Here’s what you’ll need for this […]

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This tasty lentil stew is packed with hearty flavor and loaded with plant based protein. Perfect for a simple lunch or dinner!

Lentil stew

Here’s a cozy recipe that embodies the rhythm of soup season: this Hearty Lentil Stew! There’s something about the simple actions: chopping the onion, mincing the garlic, and listening for the sizzle of the veggies as they hit the hot oil. The rhythm of a big pot of soup or stew has been passed down through the centuries: and this one is a mighty delicious spin. The broth is flavored with tangy fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic and smoked paprika, and it’s full of vegetables and hearty lentils. It was a big hit over here, as lentil recipes usually are! It makes a simple lunch or dinner that’s nourishing for the body — and the soul, too.

Ingredients in this lentil stew

When it comes to eating healthy and plant-based, lentils are the rock stars of the food world. They’re full of plant-based protein and nutrients to keep you full all day long. This lentil stew is a simple way to eat more of them, perfect for easy lunches and dinner throughout the week. Here’s what you’ll need for this lentil stew:

  • Brown or green lentils: This is the most common variety you’ll find at the store. Avoid red lentils here because they fall apart easily when cooking (go to this Tuscan Lentil Soup instead).
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Spices: smoked paprika, cumin and fennel seed
  • Vegetable broth and salt
  • Spinach or other leafy green
  • Parmesan cheese (optional): Parmesan is not required, but it adds big flavor!
Lentil stew

Use fire roasted tomatoes or best quality canned tomatoes

This lentil stew recipe calls for canned fire roasted tomatoes, which use in many of our soup recipes and our famous pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce. What’s the big deal about fire roasted tomatoes? These tomatoes are roasted over an open flame, which chars the outsides and develops their flavor. You’ll notice the flavor is much sweeter when you take a bite right out of the can. Other types of canned tomatoes taste bitter.

Fire roasted tomatoes have become widely available in the US, made by several different brands. If you can’t find them, use the highest quality canned tomatoes you can find. The type of tomatoes really makes a difference!

Mix up the leafy greens!

This last step to this lentil stew recipe is to add leafy greens! We try to do this in as many of our soup and stew recipes to load in the nutrients with good-for-you greens. This lentil stew uses baby spinach, but you can use any type of leafy green that you like. Here are a few options:

  • Baby spinach or standard: If you’re using standard spinach that’s sold in a bunch, make sure to wash it well! Then chop it into small pieces before using.
  • Baby kale: Baby kale wilts in just 1 minute, much like baby spinach.
  • Tuscan kale: Tuscan kale is our favorite variety of kale for cooking: it’s an Italian variety with a milder, sweeter flavor than curly kale, which can taste bitter and spicy.
  • Swiss chard: Another good option! When using Tuscan kale or chard, add the greens in the last 5 minutes of cooking (vs 1 minute for baby greens).
  • Collard greens: Chop them into small pieces and add in the last 5 to 10 minutes (collards take a little longer to cook).
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Variation: add more protein to this lentil stew

One fun way to add even more protein to this lentil stew is by adding plant-based sausage. It’s not until recently that we’ve felt comfortable adding plant-based meat substitutes to our recipes. In fact, we avoided them for 10 plus years because most of them were very processed! But these days, there are some vegan meat alternatives that are less processed and made with real foods.

You can add sliced vegan sausage here to make a vegan lentil stew that’s even more full of hearty flavor! Make sure to check the ingredients of the brand of sausage that you buy: some brands are still very processed. Also make sure that it meets your dietary needs: some brands contain gluten or eggs.

How to make lentil stew

How to make lentil stew: some tips

The steps of this lentil stew are very simple: as we noted up front, people have been cooking this way for centuries! Here are a few things to note about the process:

  • Chopping is the largest hands-on time (10 minutes). To speed it up, you can chop the veggies in advance and refrigerate until making.
  • Sauté, then simmer until the lentils are tender (30 minutes or so). The exact timing depends on your heat level and the lentils you use. It will be different every time!
  • Season to taste! The salt level varies based on the brand of canned tomatoes and veggie broth. Add a few pinches of salt until it pops!

Storing leftovers and make-ahead info

This lentil stew stores very well. It’s a great option if you want to meal prep it in advance and refrigerate until serving! Here are the particulars:

  • Store refrigerated for up to 4 days: the flavor improves over time
  • Freeze for 3 to 4 months
Lentil stew

Side dishes to serve with lentil stew

This lentil stew just needs a hunk of crusty bread and you’ve got a cozy meal! But here are a few more sides for soups and stews to make this an easy plant based dinner:

Lentil stew with brown lentils

This lentil stew recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Lentil stew

Hearty Lentil Stew


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This tasty lentil stew is packed with hearty flavor and loaded with plant based protein. Perfect for a simple lunch or dinner!


Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown or green lentils
  • 28-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or highest quality canned tomatoes)*
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups baby spinach (or chopped standard spinach, kale or chard)
  • For the garnish: Parmesan cheese (recommended)

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the onion. Peel and finely chop the carrots. Chop the celery into small pieces. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a large pot, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook 3 to 4 minutes until just translucent. Add the smoked paprika, cumin, fennel seeds, and lentils and stir 1 minute. Add the canned tomatoes and their juices, vegetable broth, and kosher salt
  3. Bring to a simmer. Simmer covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Remove lid and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until the lentils are tender. Stir in the spinach in the last minute or so and cook until it wilts (if using kale or chard, add it in the last 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from the heat. Taste and season with additional salt and fresh ground pepper as necessary. For best flavor, garnish with Parmesan cheese. Stores refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for 3 to 4 months.

Notes

*Note: To add even more protein to this meal, add sliced plant-based sausage with the canned tomatoes. Review the ingredients of any plant-based protein you buy to make sure it’s as non-processed as possible and make sure it meets your dietary needs (some contain gluten or eggs). 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lentil stew

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Irish Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings

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Irish Stout Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings

My new favorite soup! Irish stout beef stew is flavorful and hearty and topped with delicious herb dumplings. Perfect comfort food.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into pieces
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 baby yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 ounces stout beer, like guinness
  • 4 cups beef stock

herb dumplings

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  • Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the oil. Toss the beef piece with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then toss them with the flour so all the pieces are coated.
  • Add the beef to the pot and sear until each side is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. You may need to do this in batches. Remove the beef pieces with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate until ready to use.
  • To the same pot, toss in the butter, onions and garlic. Stir and toss, scraping the bottom so you remove some of the brown bits of flavor from the beef. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Stir in the potatoes and carrots with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and make sure all the pieces are coated. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes to develop the flavor, stirring often so the tomato paste doesn’t burn on the bottom. Add the beef back to the pot.
  • Pour in the stout to deglaze the pan. Stir to release any more bits of flavor from the bottom. Stir in the beef stock. Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until the beef is tender and falling apart. You can simmer it for even longer as long as it’s covered! I like to taste it here and see if it needs any additional salt and pepper. If so, add it!
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