Portobello Mushroom Stew with Lentils

A great, stick-to-your-ribs kind of vegetarian stew. I've made variations of this for over 10 years and meat eaters love it as well as vegetarians. The portobello mushrooms make it savory and so much better than a typical lentil stew. Love your lentils!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 cups diced portobello mushroom caps

  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 ½ cups dry brown lentils

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed and chopped

  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; stir in mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add vegetable broth and tomato paste; stir until well blended. Stir in lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add fresh basil and continue to simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, about 15 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Ladle into bowls and float 1 tablespoon sherry on top of each bowl.

Cook's Note:

You can use white wine instead of sherry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
3g Fat
67g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 1706mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 27g 96%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 33mg 166%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 8mg 47%
Potassium 1446mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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