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Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Stew

Updated on September 23, 2013

My Favorite Recipe to Share!

This delicious lentil stew gets by far the most compliments of any dish I cook! I've had to email the recipe to more friends than I can count. I've cooked it for gatherings at my home, and also put it in a crockpot and brought it over to get-togethers at friends' homes. It is so easy to make! Cook up some rice to go along with it and you have a warm, filling meal!

Photo from Eating Clean Cookbook below

My Non-Veg Friends Say....

"We Love This Dish! No Need For Meat!"


  • You Will Need:

- 4 TBSP Olive Oil

- 1/2 cup chopped carrots

- 1 large onion chopped

- 6 cloves garlic chopped

- 2 ribs celery chopped

- 1 1/2 cup lentils

- 1.5 tsp dried thyme

- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes

- 4 cups vegetable stock

- salt and pepper to taste

*Variation - Make it spicy with some Red Pepper Flakes!

How to Make Lentil Stew

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions

  • First, CHOP. I use my Pampered Chef Food Chopper and chop up the Onion, Celery and Carrot.

Then - SAUTÉ. Heat the olive oil, add the chopped veggies, and sauté until tender.

Add Lentils and Spices, then stir it up. Allow the lentils to soak in some of the olive oil, veggie and spice flavor!

Add Tomatoes and Broth, then bring to a boil.

Let the stew simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. It looks really soupy now, but the lentils will absorb the sauce and become more stew-like in texture. Taste the lentils as the stew simmers so you know when the lentils are the perfect consistency. Some people prefer their lentils crunchier than others, so you can be the judge.

Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Stew!

Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Stew!
Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Stew!

  • Chopping the onions, celery, and even the carrots where no problem for this chopper! It only took a few minutes to get all of my recipe chopping complete!

Find More Vegetarian Soups and Stews! - Add a Loaf of Bread or Rice and Enjoy!

  • I turned on the rice cooker after the stew had beem simmering for about 15 minutes. When the timer pops - dinner is ready!

Prefer Bread Over Rice? - That's Okay - Bring Out the Bread Machine Instead!

What Are Your Thoughts on Veggie Stews? - What is your favorite veggie stew? Do you prefer soups? Or would you rather keep yur meals on a plate rather than a

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      Babs 2 years ago

      what lentils did you use?

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      Helenk 3 years ago

      I can vouch for this recipe. I have just cooked this for my family. It was absolutely yummy. Would be great on a cold winters day.

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      kay 3 years ago

      Made this yesterday, it was delicious with a nice piece of toasted bread with a salad. Very satisfying. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made this the other night, and it is delicious! Even better the next day. Thanks for the recipe!

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      This really does look filling! Lentils are so delicious too! Definitely fancy giving this a go! :)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This looks really delicious. Yum.

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      Leila 5 years ago from Belgium

      Hmmm that looks just delicious!!! Will definitely make for us :-)

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      Ooh that looks super-filling and really hearty and delicious. I am going to bookmark this page and come back to it, for sure!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I love lentil stews as they can be quite filling. I think veggie stews always needs some type of protein in to make them a filling meal.

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      kovid7 5 years ago

      I feel like making 'em right now!

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      relish interiors 6 years ago

      nice work, love the step by step photos.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Appreciating yur topic. Congrads on reaching Squidoo Level 54. Going for next level and new ideas. Your helps ! See you soon again. Thanks.

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      Now this sounds lovely. Great ideas, love it. Will give it a try I think. Thanks for sharing.

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      DesignZeal 6 years ago

      No need for meet, indeed. Great stew!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks delicious, and healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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      verkeerd 6 years ago

      Lentils and rice together? Never thought about it! Thanks!

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      ZestCareerCoach 6 years ago

      I'll be trying this one with my meat eating friends. Thanks for including the photos, they always help with cooking-challenged people like myself.

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      Kristin 6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      I love a good lentil stew, and I've been looking for a good one to make, I'm gonna have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love stews and soups and with all of the veggies they are so good for you!

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      Sounds nice, this is another lentil recipe I will have to try

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      John Dyhouse 7 years ago from UK

      sounds great, lensrolled to my home-made vegetarian soups lens

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      This is one I have to try, even though I am not a vegetarian

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Although I'm not a vegetarian, I think the recipe you shared can be very delicious, so I definitely want to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done and this recipe sounds good although I've never eaten many lentils. Please feel free to add it to my lens, Culinary Favorites, as I'd be happy to include it on that page.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Very well presented lens and the pictures look delicious.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This sounds and looks nutritious and delicious. I especially love soups and stews in the winter months.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It looks like one TWELFTH cup of lentils, but that seems too few. Please advise. Thanks.

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Good catch - that should be 1 1/2 cups of lentils. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I love lentils and I'm a believer of the Eat Clean philosophy so this lens gets top marks in my book. Love how you posted step by step photos along with the instructions. I make this stew all the time and it is indeed yummy ~Blessed~

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Oh God this looks so delicious, I need to try it soon! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Lotusmala,

      That looks very delicious and quite easy to make. And has all vitamins and minerals, nutrients.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Good lens!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love lentil soups - this one will be made very soon. thanks for sharing!

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I always have my lentils in a soup, but your way sounds pretty good as well! Might try it eventually for a change. Thank you for sharing.

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      freaknoodles1 7 years ago

      Looks good! I've featured this lens on mine about how to make homemade vegetable broth.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great looking lens, great looking soup. Thanks.