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lentil stew in a bowl with a brown napkin on the side

Lentil Stew

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stew
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This Lentil Stew is easy to make and naturally vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. It’s the perfect cozy meal for a cold night!


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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cut into cubes (approx 3 cups)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup dry brown lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups spinach (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat, then add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots and sautee for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme and mix everything together letting cook for 1-2 minutes until all the vegetables are evenly coated in the spices. 
  3. Rinse the lentils in a strainer under some water for 30 seconds (this will remove any dirt) and add the lentils, vegetable broth, lemon juice and bay leave and mix everything together. 
  4. Reduce the heat, cover and let simmer on low for 30-45 minutes until the lentils are cooked through.
  5. Remove the lid and mix in the spinach before serving.  


Use brown lentils in this recipe if you want the lentils to hold their shape. If you prefer a softer lentil stew that is more like a soup, you can use red lentils.

Use fresh rosemary and thyme for the best flavour. If you don’t have these available you can use them dried, or use 2 tsp of herbs de Provence.

Go for low sodium vegetable broth. This way you have more control over how salty the stew is and can add more salt as needed.


  • Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Fat: 6.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.2g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 14.2g

Keywords: vegan lentil stew, easy lentil stew, vegetarian lentil stew