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Red Lentil Stew with Root Vegetables

Sharon Palmer

This savory, completely plant-based (vegan), gluten-free Red Lentil Stew with Root Vegetables is a bright, sunny shade of orange—the perfect way to cheer up the cloudiest of days. Its hearty flavor and texture makes it ideal to pair with a simple salad or sandwich half. Best of all, you can whip it up with a few key pantry staples (lentils, canned tomatoes, spices) and root vegetables and get it on the table in about 45 minutes! Try cooking it in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker to make it even more convenient.

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Red Lentil Stew with Root Vegetables

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This red lentil stew is reminiscent of the flavors of dal—packed with potatoes, turnips, carrots, red lentils, and flavorful herbs and spices, you can get this dish on the table in 45 minutes with a few pantry ingredients.




  1. Place water and tomatoes in a large pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add vegetable bullion cube, onion, celery, carrots, turnips, garlic, red lentils, smoked paprika, turmeric, and cumin. Stir well, cover, and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, until vegetables are just tender.
  3. May need to add additional water to replace water lost to evaporation. Should make a thick, hearty stew.
  4. Makes 8 servings (1 1/4 cups each).


Instant Pot Directions: Place all ingredients in the container of the InstantPot. Press “Bean/Chili” setting. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Directions: Place all ingredients in the container of the Slow Cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-12 hours. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 103 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 8 g

Keywords: best soup, best lentil soup, vegan lentil soup

For other plant-based soup recipes, try the following:

Curried Leek Vegetable Soup
Carnival Squash Soup with Fresh Turmeric
Classic Tomato Soup

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