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This One-Pot Lentil Stew Recipe Is a Weeknight Dinner Packed With Nutrients

This dish brims with legumes that bolster balance by 32%

Confession time: after a long day out and about, sometimes all I want is something warm, comforting and good for me. This one-pot lentil stew recipe is my knight in shining armor. It’s a lifesaver for busy weeknights, coming together in a single pot with minimal cleanup required. But the best part? Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with protein and fiber. Each spoonful is like a high-five to your body, keeping you feeling full and satisfied for hours. You can also customize your stew with your favorite vegetables, spices or even leftover cooked meats for extra flavor.

When making this one-pot lentil stew recipe, buy dried lentils in bulk for a cost-effective way to stock your pantry. Additionally, leftovers taste even better the next day. The flavors will meld and mature further. Tell us how you liked it below! For more comforting and healthy soups, try Caldo de Res and Spring Pea Leek Soup.


6 servings

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  • 3 cups dry lentils
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced



Soak lentils in water 2 hrs.; drain. In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 min. Add garlic and spices; cook, stirring, 3 min.

Add 5 cups water, bouillon, lentils, potatoes, carrots, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, partially covered, 15-20 min. Transfer half to blender; puree. Return to pot; stir.

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