A bowl of lentil and vegetarian stew

Hearty lentil one pot

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Providing an impressive five of your 5-a-day in each portion, this filling vegan stew is low calorie and low fat, and also provides fibre, vitamin C, iron and calcium

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal485
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre17g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 40g dried porcini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 200g dried brown lentils
  • 1½ tbsp chopped rosemary



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 150g chestnut baby button mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 large carrots (350g), cut into chunks
  • 3 celery sticks (165g), chopped
  • 500g potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 200g cavolo nero, shredded
    Cavolo nero

    Cavolo nero

    ca-voll-oh nee-ro

    A loose-leafed cabbage from Tuscany, Italy. The leaves are a very dark green, almost black,…


  1. Cover the mushrooms in boiling water and leave to soak for 10 mins. Boil the lentils in a pan with plenty of water for 10 mins. Drain and rinse, then tip into a pan with the dried mushrooms and soaking water (don’t add the last bit of the liquid as it can contain some grit), rosemary and 2 litres water. Season, cover and simmer for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onions for 5 mins. Stir in the fresh mushrooms and garlic and fry for 5 mins more. Stir in the lentil mixture and bouillon powder, then add the carrots, celery and potatoes. Cover and cook for 20 mins, stirring often, until the veg and lentils are tender, topping up the water level if needed.

  3. Remove any tough stalks from the cavolo nero, then add to the pan and cover and cook for 5 mins more. If you're following our Healthy Diet Plan, serve half in bowls, then chill the rest to eat another day. Will keep in the fridge for two to three days. Reheat in a pan until hot.

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8th Mar, 2020
This was really watery. I think the recipe may be wrong.
5th Feb, 2020
can I freeze this ?
7th Jan, 2020
A bit deceptive calling this a 'one pot' meal. although it all finishes up in one pot, it actually uses 2!
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6th Feb, 2020
Didn't have dried mushrooms so skipped first step. I cooked mushrooms in rosemary, and covered lentils in vegetable stock instead of water to make up for this. I also sprinkled in about 1/2 teaspoon of s+p, cumin and tumeric, and a teaspoon of sweet and smoked paprika. Very nice.
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