Lentil Stew Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina

Lentil Stew combines veggies, beans, and grains for a hearty meal. You won't go away hungry!

Lentil Stew Photo

Although it's starting to warm up, some parts of the world it's still pretty chilly. My mother in-law recently made this lentil stew for us and as soon as I took my first bite I was asking for the recipe. It's so good and packed full of veggies and fiber.

Lentil Stew Picture

We even let my son, Ryder, try the stew and he loved it too. If you had a glimpse into my dinning room you would hear him smacking his highchair tray and cooing for more. When she made the stew she only had brown lentils on hand. It was delicious and worked perfectly. And when I reheated the lentil stew for lunch the next day I added in some cooked quinoa to our bowls. This is a very filling stew to begin with, but if you really want to stretch it and make it more filling add in a half to full cup of cooked quinoa and this lentil stew will really be filling.

Lentil Stew Image

The key to making this stew and making it quick and in time for a crazy weeknight dinner is to chop the vegetables small and cook them first. My mother in-law soaked the lentils before adding them to the stew. This ensures that they won't soak up all the broth to the stew allowing a little bit of broth for you to slurp up at the end. So I did the same thing when I made this stew at home. I let the lentils soak in equal parts lentils to water. Then just before I added it to the stockpot I rinsed the lentils. It worked out great!

Lentil Stew Pic

I've now made this recipe multiple times; each time tweaking it a bit. I will tell you that it doesn't matter if you have red or brown lentils. They both taste exactly the same, and once the stew cooks down you can't tell what colors the lentils once were. Also, I've made this stew with only a cup and a half of lentils and just added uncooked quinoa to the pot.

We've enjoyed this for dinner twice. It's a perfect meatless dinner, and for those who like a little meat with their meal, I typically just serve up leftover chicken. The leftovers are even better the next day!

If you like lentils and are ready to be adventurous I encourage you to try this lentil stew. It's so delicious that everyone in your family will be asking for seconds!

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Lentil Stew Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Red Onion, Diced
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste
  • 8 Carrots, Sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Red Lentils
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Lentils
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth, Or chicken broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Sweet Potato, Peeled and finely diced, about 1 cup
  • 6 cups Kale, Chopped
  • 3 cups Cooked Quinoa, Divided


  1. Pre-soak the lentils for at least 30 minutes adding equal parts water to the lentils.
  2. In a large cast-iron pot over medium-high heat, add about 2 tablespoons grape seed oil. Heat 1 minute until hot, then add the onion. Season with salt and sauté for 3 minutes until soft. 
  3. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic and cook for 3 additional minutes. Drain and rinse the lentils then add the lentils to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, and turmeric, stirring for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and water as well as a large pinch of salt and pepper. Stir, bring to a boil then reduce to low heat and gently simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Carefully stir in the diced sweet potato and kale. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through but not mushy. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Enjoy with a 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa or by itself. 


  • Want to spice up the stew? Add 1 teaspoon Chili Flakes when your adding in the rest of the spices.
  • I've also made this stew with using just 1 1/2 cups of lentils and 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa--came out just as good!


Source: Adapted from The Chew
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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Source: Adapted from The Chew
Recipe Yields: 8 servins
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 55
Calories 582

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 126mg
Total Carbohydrate 101g
  Dietary Fiber 18g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 27g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Katie Jasiewicz

About Katie

Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.

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