Savor the rich flavors of our French Lentil Stew! It’s a hearty and wholesome main course, for dinner or lunch, inspired by the traditions of French cuisine. This vegan stew combines tender French green lentils, aromatic herbs, and an array of fresh vegetables to create a delicious dish. Perfect for a chilly evening, our French Lentil Stew is a delightful choice that brings the essence of French culinary traditions to your table while catering to a vegan and plant-based lifestyle. Taste the warmth of French-inspired comfort in every spoonful.

Frequently Asked Questions for French Lentil Stew

Can I use brown or red lentils instead of French green lentils?

While you can use other types of lentils, French green lentils hold their shape well and provide a slightly firmer texture. Brown lentils can work as well. However, red lentils may become too mushy when cooked. For this recipe, use French lentils or brown or green lentils.

Is French Lentil Stew gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or dietary restrictions.

Can I make this stew in advance and reheat it later?

Absolutely! In fact, many people find that the flavors of the stew improve after a day or two. Simply refrigerate it in an airtight container and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy it.

What can I serve with French Lentil Stew?

This stew is satisfying on its own, but you can also serve it with crusty bread, a side salad, or a slice of vegan cheese for a well-rounded meal.

How can I adjust the spice level of the stew?

If you prefer a spicier stew, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes, a dash of hot sauce, or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper during the cooking process. Taste and adjust as needed.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

Leftovers should be cooled to room temperature, then stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I freeze this recipe?

Yes. Portion the stew into serving-sized containers or freezer-safe bags. This makes it easier to defrost and reheat only what you need. If using bags, try to remove as much air as possible before sealing to prevent freezer burn. If using containers, make sure they have a tight-fitting lid to prevent air exposure. Clearly label the containers or bags with the date you froze the stew. This will help you keep track of freshness.

When you’re ready to enjoy the stew, move the portion you want to use from the freezer to the refrigerator to thaw. Once thawed, you can reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave. Depending on the consistency after thawing, you might need to add a little water or broth and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Properly frozen, French Lentil Stew can typically be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months without significant loss of quality. It’s a convenient way to have a homemade, hearty meal ready when you need it.

Is there a way to make this stew in a slow cooker or Instant Pot?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe for a slow cooker or Instant Pot. For a slow cooker, set it on low for 6-8 hours. In an Instant Pot, you can use the manual or stew setting for about 15-20 minutes.

French Lentil Stew

Savor the rich flavors of our French Lentil Stew! It's a hearty and wholesome main course, for dinner or lunch, inspired by the traditions of French cuisine. This vegan stew combines tender French green lentils, aromatic herbs, and an array of fresh vegetables to create a delicious dish. Perfect for a chilly evening, our French Lentil Stew is a delightful choice that brings the essence of French culinary traditions to your table while catering to a vegan and plant-based lifestyle. Taste the warmth of French-inspired comfort in every spoonful.
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A pot of French Lentil Stew garnished with parsley
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French green lentils, rinsed and drained (can substitute with green or brown lentils)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup shallots, chopped (or 1 medium onion, diced)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or tamari (optional)
  • 1 tablespoons cappers, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • ¼ lemon (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped shallots (or onions), carrots, and celery. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the chopped mushrooms and sauté until they start to soften. Then add minced garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the rinsed French green lentils, capers, and diced tomatoes. Cook for a couple of minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth, and add the bay leaf, thyme, herbes de Provence, basil, salt, and black pepper. Give it a good stir.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the lentils are tender but still holding their shape.
  • Once the lentils are cooked, remove the bay leaf. Stir in the coconut aminos or tamari.
  • Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed. Squeeze in the juice of one quarter of a lemon for a bright and fresh flavor. Remove Bay leaf.
  • Serve the French Lentil Stew hot, garnished with fresh parsley or fresh herbs if desired.
Servings: 4

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