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Top view of finished smoky lentil stew garnished with extra sharp cheddar cheese and parsley in a white bowl on a white marble background. Adjacent to the bowl is a white onion, a carrot, kale, uncooked brown lentils, and a small stainless steel pan with the finished stew.
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4.8 from 5 votes

Smoky Lentil Stew

This smoky lentil stew is a healthy and hearty dish. The smoked paprika plays a starring roll. Pair with a roll or biscuit.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentil recipes, lentils, vegan
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 265kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils
  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat. When it starts to shimmer, add the onion and carrots. While stirring occasionally, cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the kale and lentils. Cook for 2 minutes or until the kale looks wilted, stirring frequently.
  • Add in the vegetable broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low-medium and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  • Scoop into bowls and serve immediately.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg