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November 29, 2021

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew is a hearty, flavorful dish that's ready in just 40 minutes! A delicious cold weather dinner recipe with just a few simple ingredients.

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

There's nothing like a hearty stew when the weather starts to get cold. Stew is so warm and comforting. You eat it with a large hunk of bread and just settle into the meal.

I love this particular stew because of the lentils! Lentils are absolutely packed with plant-based protein, so you know you are getting a good dose of protein with this dish. Plus, lentils also have tons of fiber, which is helpful for digestion and supports overall gut health (so important!).

Besides the lentils, there are only a few other key ingredients. And the mushrooms are the secondary star of this dish. They have such a beautiful umami flavor that really comes through. No boring stew here!

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Why I love Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free
  • Perfect easy main dish — this stew is pretty hearty with tons of protein from the lentils. It's a great weeknight dinner
  • Umami flavor — mushroom lovers will absolutely love this dish - the 'shrooms give this stew a crazy delicious flavor

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Ingredient Notes

  • Mushrooms: I used cremini mushrooms. I love how flavorful they are! White button mushrooms would work too.
  • Yellow Onion: You can sub red or white onion.
  • Carrots: the recipe calls for finely chopped carrots, but if you'd like you can leave the carrots in larger chunks.
  • Vegetable Broth: be sure to use broth with no added sugar.
  • Water
  • Green Lentils: these are the lentils that you are most likely to find at the store - they have a brownish color and might just be labeled as "lentils"
  • Dried Sage
  • Ground Thyme
  • Salt

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew Ingredients

How to make Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Step 1. Sauté the mushrooms, onion, and carrots in a large pot for 5-7 minutes until they are soft. Use a splash of vegetable broth if necessary to prevent sticking.

Step 2. Add the broth, water, lentils, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil then let simmer 20 minutes, until the lentils are cooked.

Step 3. Remove from the heat, serve, and enjoy!

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this hearty, filling stew. Thank you for the nutrients that nourish our bodies and keep us fueled. Amen.

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Related Recipes

Love lentils? Try my Vegan Red Lentil Tacos.

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Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew

Vegan Mushroom Lentil Stew is a hearty, flavorful dish that's ready in just 40 minutes! A delicious cold weather dinner recipe with just a few simple ingredients.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

10

min

cook:

30

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

  • 16oz Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • 2 Large Carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Green Lentils
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Sage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Thyme
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Sauté the mushrooms, onion, and carrots in a large pot for 5-7 minutes until they are soft. Use a splash of vegetable broth if necessary to prevent sticking.
  2. Add the broth, water, lentils, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil then let simmer 20 minutes, until the lentils are cooked.
  3. Remove from the heat, serve, and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography