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Lentil Stew

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Lentil stew in a white bowl

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

25 minutes

Yield

3 -4

This comforting lentil stew is protein-packed and will only take you 35 minutes to whip up.

Nothing screams “comfort food” more than a big bowl of warming stew on a cold winter day. This lentil stew is a great vegetarian option that is hardy, protein-filled, and absolutely delicious. It’s a great meal when you have a busy schedule and don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen to make something healthy and satisfying for dinner.

Why you’ll love this lentil stew:

  • Quick: Make this lentil stew recipe in only 35-minutes
  • Protein-Packed: With the help of the lentils you’ll get a protein-packed stew that’ll keep you full and energize you
  • Meal Prep: Prep this to have on hand for an easy meal for the week or make it, freeze it, and pull it out when you don’t feel like cooking
Spoonful of lentil stew

Ingredient Notes:

Lentils: Brown lentils are the most common type of lentil and they range from being light to dark brown/almost black. Brown lentils are smaller than green lentils and have a mild flavor.

Kale: Kale is a superfood because its high in antioxidants such as vitamin C. It also has a high fiber content that can help improve your digestion.

Lentil stew in a white bowl

How to make lentil stew:

  1. Add oil over medium heat to a large pot. Add onions and garlic and saute 4-5 minutes until softened. Add in the spices, salt and pepper and saute another 1-2 minutes to meld the flavours.
  2. Stir in lentils, vegetable paste and tomato paste until combined.
  3. Stir in water and diced tomatoes, bring to a simmer over high heat. Once simmering, turn to medium-low heat and keep at a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes to allow flavours to meld.
  4. While the stew is simmering, make the basil puree in a blender by blending basil & olive oil until well combined.
  5. When the stew is done, taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in kale. Serve in bowls and drizzle with basil oil.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Don’t love lentils? You could try substituting with navy / cannellini beans instead.

Can I substitute kale? If kale isn’t for you, try adding in spinach.

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Lentil Stew

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This comforting lentil stew is protein-packed and will only take you 35 minutes to whip up.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 3 -4
Calories 487 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 19 oz can brown lentils, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable paste
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups thinly chopped kale

Basil Oil

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Add oil over medium heat to a large pot. Add onions and garlic and saute 4-5 minutes until softened. Add in the spices, salt and pepper and saute another 1-2 minutes to meld the flavours.
  • Stir in lentils, vegetable paste and tomato paste until combined.
  • Stir in water and diced tomatoes, bring to a simmer over high heat. Once simmering, turn to medium-low heat and keep at a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes to allow flavours to meld.
  • While the stew is simmering, make the basil puree in a blender by blending basil & olive oil until well combined.
  • When the stew is done, taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in kale. Serve in bowls and drizzle with basil oil.

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Notes

Don’t love lentils? You could try substituting with navy / cannellini beans instead.
If kale isn’t for you, try adding in spinach.

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 74.7g | Protein: 26.1g | Fat: 11.9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.6g | Sodium: 887.9mg | Fiber: 13.1g | Sugar: 8.5g
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