Vegan Lentil Stew


This comforting vegan lentil stew is incredibly satisfying thanks to hearty lentils and sweet potato. The leeks provide a savory allium note while the tomato paste, miso and cumin add bold flavor.

Vegan Lentil Stew
Photo: Fred Hardy
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 large sweet potato (12 ounces), unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced into half-moons

  • 2 large carrots, roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons white miso

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups green or brown lentils

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chopped hearty greens, such as kale or Swiss chard


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and beginning to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. Add leeks and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, cumin, miso and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and the tomato paste has darkened, about 1 minute.

  2. Add water, lentils and salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until the lentils are almost tender, 25 minutes. Stir in greens; cover and cook until the greens are wilted, about 10 minutes.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

451 Calories
8g Fat
77g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 451
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 24966IU 499%
Sodium 475mg 21%
Potassium 964mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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