Lentil Stew for #WeekdaySupper

lentil stew
lentil stew close up

Sunday Supper Movement

I love lentils.

These legumes come in a variety of colors. I’ve used brown, green, yellow and red ones for soups, salads and even ground some into flour to make brownies .
I chose lentils for my #WeekdaySupper meal because it cooks fast, in 15 to 20 minutes and you don’t need to soak it first. You can cook them longer and puree part or all of the soup for a different texture.
Is my version a lentil stew or soup? I think of lentil soup as more of a puree. This hearty bowl satisfies without stuffing you.


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 T garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red peppers
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Bring lentils and broth to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
lentil stew veggies
While lentils cook, saute celery, carrots, onions and peppers in olive oil until crisp tender. Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
Add veggies and spices to lentils and simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to blend flavors. Stir occasionally to release starch from lentils and prevent sticking. This will also thicken stew without adding a thickening agent.
Serve alone or with a crusty bread and salad.

Stop by this week’s Weekday Supper Contributor’s blogs for some great meal ideas.

05/06/13 – Monday – Hip Foodie Mom – Kimchi Veggie Rice Bowl
05/07/13 – Tuesday – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Lentil Stew 
05/08/13 – Wednesday – Gourmet Drizzles – Tarte Flambée- A Simple and Delicious French Pizza
05/09/13 – Thursday – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks – Chipotle Teriyaki Pork Chops
05/10/13 – Friday – Kimchi MOM – Curried Sauteed Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Visit our #WeekdaySupper Pinterest board for wonderful weekday menu suggestions all month long!

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14 Responses to Lentil Stew for #WeekdaySupper

  1. What a beautiful dish that is just perfect for the weekday dinner menu! Your recipes are just fabulous!

  2. Renee says:

    Now I know what to cook with that bag of lentils in my pantry. I’ve been looking for something different than my usual. I love all the veggies and spices in this recipe.
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  3. Cindy,
    Your lentil stew looks fabulous! That’s what I love about soup! Just like you said, it satisfies without stuffing you.
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  5. Liz says:

    I just love lentils and your stew looks perfect for the little chill that’s headed our way over the weekend. Now if I could just get Bill to enjoy them as much as I do :/
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  6. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    I used to shy away from lentils, and after trying them a few years ago, I have no idea why! So homey and healthy, and your soup is full of all of my favorite flavors! Love that you used turmeric, too! 😉

  7. Amanda says:

    What a nice hearty soup – it will be on my list for whenever the cool weather decides to come!
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  8. Cindy, I love the colorful vegetables you’ve added to your lentil stew. I’ve made lentil stew often, but have not added as many vegetables as you have here. It’s a beautiful soup, and I know it’s probably loaded with antioxidants. Great!

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  9. Rachel says:

    Hi Cindy,

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your lentil stew looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it. I like taking soup/stew for lunch and sending it to school with my daughter. I know that we will both love this and it will be a delicious treat. I’m following you on fb now and look forward to reading your posts. Have a lovely weekend!
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