Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes

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Two serving plates loaded with comforting vegan mashed potatoes topped with super hearty Lentil Mushroom Stew

Friends, prepare yourselves for a hug in the form of a recipe.

Consider this your go-to dish when comfort food is on the brain. Not only is it hearty and satisfying, it’s also simple, requiring just 10 basic ingredients and 40 minutes to make (from start to finish). Let’s comfort food!

Metal serving tray filled with thyme, lentils, mushrooms, potatoes, shallots, and vegetable broth for making Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes

The base for this dish is a mushroom and lentil gravy/stew.

It starts with sautéed shallot and mushrooms seasoned with coconut aminos, salt, and pepper for rich, deep flavor. Then come lentils, thyme for aromatics, and vegetable broth. As that’s simmering away, start your mashed potatoes.

Pouring vegetable broth over lentils and veggies in a cast iron skillet to make gluten-free Lentil Mushroom Stew

The mashed potatoes are easy to make as well. Simply peel (or leave skin on for more texture), boil until tender, and mash!

You can go 100 different ways with seasoning mashed potatoes, but we kept things simple: a little salt, pepper, and olive oil, with a few dashes of almond milk for creaminess. SERIOUS yum. For more flavor, you could also add fresh garlic, herbs, or even some vegan parmesan cheese.

Using a potato masher in a glass bowl of cooked potatoes to make vegan mashed potatoes

All that’s left to do is serve! For garnish, we went for more fresh thyme and a little parsley. Vegan parmesan adds a bit more flavor, but it’s certainly optional.

A hearty serving of fiber- and protein-packed Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes

We hope you all LOVE this dish! It’s:

Super hearty
Fiber- + Protein-packed
Quick + Easy
& So tasty

This would make a delicious easy weeknight meal for two or a hearty side for four. It’s reminiscent of Shepherd’s Pie but far easier to make! Plus, you can sauce up the filling a bit more so it’s more like mashed potatoes and gravy. Total swoon!

If you’re into hearty meals, check out our Moroccan Lentil Stuffed Eggplant, Rich Red Curry with Roasted Vegetables, 1-Pot Everyday Lentil Soup, Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan, or Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Close up photo of a plate of gluten-free and plant-based Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes

Lentil Mushroom Stew over Mashed Potatoes

Crazy delicious and hearty mushroom lentil stew gravy over mashed potatoes! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free. A delicious and easy-to-make 10-ingredient meal or side!
Author Minimalist Baker
Plate of Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes
4.91 from 236 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4 Days



  • 1 pound yellow potatoes, peeled and quartered evenly (I left on some skin for texture)
  • Sea salt + black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil (if avoiding oil, add more almond milk or vegetable broth)
  • 2-4 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk or vegetable broth (for added moisture)


  • 1 Tbsp water (or avocado or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallot
  • 2 cups sliced cremini (or button) mushrooms
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or sub rosemary // use dried if fresh is unavailable)
  • 2/3 cup dry green lentils (rinsed + drained // optional: soak overnight in cool water to improve digestibility)
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth (or store-bought)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp mashed potatoes (recipe above // for thickness)

GARNISH optional


  • Heat a large rimmed pan over medium heat. Once hot, add oil or water and shallot and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add mushrooms and coconut aminos and increase heat to medium-high. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add thyme, lentils, and 2 cups (480 ml // or the smaller end of the range if adjusting recipe size) vegetable broth. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook on low for about 20 minutes, adding more broth as needed if the mixture looks dry.
  • In the meantime, add potatoes to a large pot and cover with water so they are just submerged. Bring to a boil on high heat and cook for 12-15 minutes or until they slide off easily when pierced with a knife.
  • Once tender, drain potatoes and add back to pot or a mixing bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and a bit of olive oil and mash until tender and fluffy. For added moisture in place of oil, add unsweetened plain almond milk or vegetable broth.
  • Once lentils are tender, taste sauce and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt or coconut aminos for saltiness, pepper for spice, or tomato paste for more depth of flavor (optional – we didn’t find it necessary). Turn off heat and let the mixture rest so flavors can deepen. Add the 2 Tbsp (30 g // or more as needed) mashed potatoes to the lentil mushroom stew and stir in to thicken.
  • To serve, divide mashed potatoes between serving plates or bowls and top with desired amount of lentil and mushroom gravy. Garnish with fresh parsley, vegan parmesan cheese, or more thyme, if desired.
  • Store leftovers separately, covered, up to 4 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven until hot.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 1 Tbsp oil and without optional ingredients.
*As written, this recipe heartily serves 2 as an entrée or 4 as a side.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 276 Carbohydrates: 43.4 g Protein: 10.3 g Fat: 7.7 g Saturated Fat: 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.89 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.87 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 196 mg Potassium: 656 mg Fiber: 9 g Sugar: 4.7 g Vitamin A: 764 IU Vitamin C: 13.73 mg Calcium: 50.69 mg Iron: 2.97 mg

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  1. Lauren says

    Another amazing recipe! I used a tablespoon of fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary, also I’m not a fan of large pieces of mushrooms so I chopped them up instead and it came out great!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Lauren! xo

  2. Emily says

    Wow! I made this for meal prep last night and I am eating it today. It turned out so great! I used tamari in place of the coconut aminos because that’s what I had on hand. I added 1 clove of garlic because I love garlic. I also served it over brown rice instead of potatoes and it paired well together. Will definitely be adding this to my regular rotation!

  3. Louise says

    Oh my! Made this for the first time tonight and when my wife came home from work the delicious smell had her practically floating to the kitchen like a cartoon character. I made it exactly as written did not add the optional tomato paste and it was delicious!

  4. Ess says

    Terrific recipe! I used organic ketchup (just a TBSP) instead of tomato paste (none in the house) with crimini mushrooms. And I used russet potatoes as I didn’t have yellow. I used vegetable broth and added some nutritional yeast to the mashed potatoes. Total yum. Will be making this again. Even my meat-a-tarian spouse asked for this again!

  5. JP says

    Love this dish! Made it twice. One with coconut aminos, and one with tamari instead. Not sure if that is what made the difference, but the tamari version had a deeper flavor. I also cooked the lentils a little longer as we like them on the softer side. Amazing! Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it! Tamari would have a deeper flavor. Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  6. Nikki H. says

    This was really tasty!! I love it! I tried it with sweet potatoes and the sweetness of those mixed with the savory lentils was lovely!!

    One note: I couldn’t find the step when we are supposed to add the tomato paste. I just added it with the lentils and broth. Not sure if that’s where it was supposed to go but it worked:)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Nikki! Thank you for sharing! That definitely works – or you can add it in step 6.

  7. Heather says

    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was so delicious! Our extended family had turkey and lots of vegan friendly sides, so I had the stew on vegan mashed potatoes and stuffing, with plenty of other veggie sides and the non-vegans admired my plate and told me to take a pic! Loved this and will be making it all winter!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, Heather! Thank you for the lovely review and hope you had a great Thanksgiving! xo

  8. Zarah says

    Absolutely delicious!
    I added a few tsp of red wine, but stayed rather true to the recipe otherwise, and it was really just SO good! Definitely one to be added to “the rotation”. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That sounds like a wonderful addition! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review, Zarah! xo

  9. Kara says

    Hi, I was wondering what you would suggest for broth:lentil ratio and cook time if I attempted this in the instant pot.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kara, we usually use 3 cups liquid: 1 cup lentils in the Instant Pot so they’re completely covered, which encourages even cooking. At the end of pressure cooking, there will be leftover liquid which you can either drain out or set to sauté for ~10 minutes with the lid removed to evaporate. We’d suggest taking a look at our Instant Pot lentils recipe. Hope that helps!

  10. Nina says

    Oh my this was fantastic! I am a MB fanatic and make your dishes several times a week. My meat loving husband just had two bowls of this tonight and wants the rest for leftovers tomorrow! I followed all the steps, had to sub in shiitakes since that’s what I had (and needed to use up). I did add a few chopped carrots when the mushrooms were added for some more color. Olive oil for all the sauteing, blend of fresh and dried thyme, coco aminos, about 3 cups of homemade veg broth (your receipe of course) and the tomato paste at the end definitely gave it a nice richness. I would probably quadruple the mashed potatoes next time, we like taters! I also soaked my green lentils overnight as suggested. I would like to try this next with black lentils as well. This was such a rich, hearty, healthy and nutritious meal – I would eat this in a restaurant! So satisfying! Thanks MB for sharing your talents with us – your recipes have made me a much more confident and adventurous cook!

  11. dana says

    This meal is like a big hug and makes excellent leftovers. I used red onion instead of shallots + lemon thyme from the garden. Highly recommend soaking the lentils for digestion! And don’t leave out the tomato paste… I recommend adding before the liquids. Even after soaking I used 3 cups of broth, but I do prefer them slightly mushier. So good!! Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, love that – definitely a huge hug! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

      • Heather says

        This is comfort food at its best. I added two bay leafs and to thicken the gravy I mixed in 2tbsp flour blended into cold water at the end rather than using potato. Great recipe, I’ll definitely use it again and again!!

  12. Kat Smith says

    This was absolutely delicious, I substituted shallots for Brown onion, and coconut aminos fir tamari, used dried thyme, and added more lentils and extra stock. It was amazing. The house smelled beautiful while it was cooking, and even my mushroom hating 13yo son and meat loving 15yo son loved it, actually the 15yo had 2 bowls…. Hubby was skeptical but agreed it was yum and said he’d happily eat it again. All up I figured it cost about $10 for enough to feed a hungry family of 4, plus extra, and there was even enough left for our pet chickens to have a treat too (or lunch tomorrow, but the chickens we begging).

  13. Amy says

    Hello! Does it matter if I use red lentils?? I saw someone else ask but I didn’t see a reply. I, too, have a bag of red I would like to use up. :)

    P.S. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  14. Theresa says

    So good! I added some sweet potatoes I had left over. I didn’t have that coconut thing so I just added some soy sauce. And I admit I added butter to the potatoes. They were amazing.

  15. Karen Sultan says

    This was fabulous. Next time I will try the tomato paste. I added a little ghee to the potatoes, which made them a little sweeter and creamier.

  16. Stacy says

    We tried this last night, and it was really satisfying. The stew is very much like a hearty gravy, giving this the feel of comfort food, but knowing it’s pretty healthy. The only issue is that we have much more stew left than potatoes; we’ll use naan or something to make up the difference and add an extra potato or two next time.

  17. Morgan says

    This recipe is delicious! Omitted the tomato paste and used soy sauce in place of the coconut aminos but I was very impressed with how this turned out! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love anything that promotes a higher intake of mashed potatoes :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Morgan. Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  18. Milja says

    Killer recipe! I also added 1 large carrot cut in small cubes and half of purple onion [I always loved how these go with lentils, so I always add them to my lentil stews]. Also, didn’t have vegetable broth [hard to find store bought in my country] so I just used water [little less than the recipe states for stew and then was adding as needed] and it was still absolutely amazing! Definitely will be my go to lentil stew.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Milja. So glad you enjoyed the stew! xo

  19. Sarah says

    Hi there
    What can I use instead of coconut aminos- seems to be sold out everywhere in UK (online too).
    PS love your recipes 😋

  20. ASH says

    I first made this when I first saw it posted. I have since made it so many times, it has become a staple. I always make it as the recipe is written and it is always perfect. The whole family loves it including my little ones.

  21. Kassi says

    So good! It exceeded my expectations.

    Sauce: I did not add the tomato paste, and subbed Tamari because I didn’t have coconut aminos. I did 2 cups of lentils and ended up scooping out about a cup during the cooking process because it made so much!! (I’m 1 person, and will use those cooked lentils in another dish). I added about 2 cups extra of broth during cooking (didnt pre-soak lentils). After it cooled I blended it and made it into a “gravy” texture.

    Thank you for this recipe!

  22. Gina says

    This recipe is so simple but with SO much flavour. I use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos only because I never have that in the house. I always put the 1 tbsp of tomato paste.
    We make this at least once a week in our house and everyone loves it, including my 18 month old :)
    Thanks so much!!

  23. Ekam says

    5 stars! This dish was simply amazing, it’s simply and easy. The potatoes are definitely the star of this dish, a bed of soft and fluffy potatoes topped with mushroom-y lentils? Yes, please!

    I added fresh tomatoes since I didn’t have tomato paste, omitted the broth and coconut aminos as well. It was still delish! Defs on a weekly rotation!

    • Emily says

      This was just delicious! I made it to be mixed with pasta rather than mashed potatoes, so I didn’t thicken it (consistency still worked well with the pasta). Also didn’t have coconut aminos so subbed in soy sauce (slightly less volume), and had more mushroom in my fridge to use up than the recipe called for. It feels like a flexible recipe and the best part is it came together quickly and made lentils delicious enough for my toddler to tolerate! ;)
      Will make this again and again. Thanks for a great recipe!

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Woohoo! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Emily. Thank you so much for sharing! xo

  24. NN says

    We have literally made this a billion times. Ok not literally. But we will try. It is SO GOOD. Thank you for posting this recipe. It is super original which is great when we are sick of the same old thing. Also, I love finding dishes that use lentils because they are so good for you.

  25. Olivia says

    Looks amazing, as always :) Any alternative to the mushrooms you think would work? I can’t eat mushrooms. Maybe artichoke?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Olivia, we think cauliflower, carrots, and celery would be nice here! Let us know if you try it!

  26. Ammi says

    We really enjoyed this recipe! I had to increase the cook time on the lentils so I think next time I will soak them the night before. I also used chicken broth, added a little red wine, and wild oyster mushrooms! Delicious. Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Ammi! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Lentils can take longer to cook if they are older, if using hard water, at high altitude, among other factors. Hope that’s helpful!

  27. Dana says

    LOVED this! I added extra coconut aminos + the tomato paste for a little extra flavor. Also added a bit of arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce instead of potatoes. We loveddddd. Will definitely make again!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Cari! We haven’t tried it, but in step 3 you could reduce the broth to ~1 cup and just simmer the lentils for about 10 minutes to infuse the flavor, then continue with the recipe as written. Let us know how it goes!

          • Cari DeHass says

            Since I already had precooked lentils, I just Wing the amount of broth that I put in. I use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock because that’s all I had in my pantry. And everyone loved it including my 13 year old daughter who hates most things that have any kind of vegetables in it.

  28. Madeline says

    I hesitated when I first saw this recipe because of having to make the potatoes too (sorry, I’m extra lazy sometimes). It does come together so quickly! I peel and chop the potatoes when the mushrooms are cooking, and I feel like no time is being wasted. It’s so good, and honestly might taste better the next day. This is a staple for sure!

  29. Natalia says

    My husband and I made this recipe for Christmas and we absolutely loved it! We are making it for the second time now, I think it will become a regular in our house.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you both enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Natalia!

  30. Mel says

    I made this for my Christmas dinner main and I didn’t feel like I was missing out because everything was so holiday-worthy and tasty! I did soak my lentils for a few hours but I did still need to add more coconut aminos + water when cooking so that they would be saucey enough for the mashed potatoes. (Just a tip for anyone else cooking this.)

    I love how simple, hardy, delicious, and satisfying this this dish is –especially during the winter! Thank you Minimalist Baker!

  31. Lindsey Ahrndt says

    I want to make the stew but I don’t want to make the potatoes. What should I add to it instead? (where it says to add mashed potatoes in the end)

  32. Jem says

    I made this last night immediately after seeing the recipe. It was crazy delicious and so simple, I loved it! I ended up needing a lot more broth and cooking time to make the lentils tender so I think I’ll try soaking them first next time to see if it helps. Overall it was a fantastic dish, I’m looking forward to having it again and it’s definitely going into our regular rotation! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I love getting more lentils into my diet! You rock!

  33. Brenda says

    I made the lentil stew and paired with pasta. I had no potatoes, sub cornstarch slurry to thicken up stew as read in comments, and then added oat cream in to make a stroganoff type of thing. Absolutely delicious and tasted even more delicious the next day.

  34. Mary says

    Just PERFECT. I feel like this recipe truly represents the overall Minimalist Baker ethos so well – just a few clean ingredients, elegant, simple, doesn’t take a super long time to cook, but so flavorful, rewarding, nourishing, and empowering! I loved the flavor that the fresh thyme brought to everything. The only thing I substituted was Nama Shoyu for the Coconut Aminos, which I had recently run out of!

    Had leftovers for dinner tonight, and added some sautéed rainbow chard to the mix tonight.

    I’m definitely going to add this to the regular rotation of meals this winter!

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it and it’s keeping you warm, Katie =) Thanks for the lovely review!

  35. Cheryl says

    I made this for dinner this evening and this is definitely a keeper .It is the ultimate comfort food and easy to put together.

  36. Amy says

    This recipe was like home but vegan!! It was delicious as always but felt like something my mom would cook in the middle of a cold winter day!!

  37. Margot says

    Wow. This is a wonderful lentil recipe. Full of good earthy, hearty flavors. It’s perfect as is and the tomato paste is essential. I didn’t have coconut aminos so I substituted with tamari and used low sodium Better Than Bouillon broth. So yummy and tasty over mashed potatoes on night 1, and equally tasty on baked potatoes on night 2. Would be great n rice or couscous too. The mushrooms are also essential to the dish. My husband raved about this dish. It’s a real keeper !

  38. Jane says

    I made this tonight and it turned out really well. I didn’t used the tomato paste and added some cornstarch dissolved in water to thicken the stew a bit more. I also just used dried Italian seasoning because I didn’t have fresh thyme and was happy with it.

  39. Kristen says

    So yummy. This one is a staple for us during the colder months. The only thing I do differently is sub tamari for coconut aminos. I also cook the lentils a little longer because they’ve ended up too tough at the 20-25 minute mark, because of this I also add more veg stock. If you are a vegetarian/omnivore, I would highly suggest adding some good quality parm to top it off.

  40. Jess says

    This is so good and so easy to prepare – two of my favourite things in a recipe! Had almost everything in already (except coconut aminos, we don’t have that here (UK)), switched for soy sauce and it was perfect. My toddlers LOVED it! Will be adding to the winter meal rota!

  41. Amy says

    Unfortunately this recipe just wasn’t the one for me today! But it’s my own fault! I tricked myself into thinking that by using dried herbs (I used rosemary) instead of fresh I should use MORE and not LESS, so added a whopping +-3 TBSP (I didn’t measure exactly)! Needless to say, it was totally overpowered by rosemary. I also added the full amount of stock, and it still wound up dry at the end without any sauce. It may be because the lentils I used were probably old (mistake #2) so it took about an extra half an hour to cook. I had also decided to add kale 10 mins before the end (or what should have been the end) so that ended up cooking for some 40 minutes! It survived though, just. I had a serving with the sweet potato mash I’d made and I could tell that it was a very tasty dish, but sadly was getting too much rosemary. So to remedy it I put it back on the heat and added a tin of tomatoes, some more water, and the rest of the sweet potato mash (there wasn’t much left) and sort of managed to salvage it. At least it doesn’t just taste of rosemary now, but sadly it’s very tomatoey and lost the original yummy flavours that were there. Frustration!

  42. Mikki says

    I love this recipe and so did my 7 year old. I had to cook the lentils for a bit longer than 20 minutes – it took about 45 minutes for them to cook all the way through. Next time I think I am going to add a few things that are typically in stews to have a more well rounded nutritious meal.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Mikki! We wonder if the lentils were older or you have hard water? Those are two reasons they can take longer to cook.

      • Mikki says

        You know what, I think they might have been older! I’ll have to remember that the next time I make this recipe. Thank you!

        • H says

          This was a great recipe! Simple, tasty, satisfying.

          That being said, I strongly recommend against using the tomato paste. I added it and it changed the flavor of the gravy from mushroomy to tomatoey. Nothing wrong with tomatoey food but it was better before.

          • Melissa says

            Could I use red or black lentils? I don’t have green and I’m trying to hold off on grocery shopping. Looks super yummy.

  43. Mandy says

    I made this for my daughter and her family as a main course. It is delicious and has become a favourite with everyone.
    Thank you for sharing this 😊

  44. Paula says

    This recipe is one of my family’s favorites. I have made it multiple times and I always double it! Thank you for so much amazing recipes!

  45. Nicol says

    I’m not sure if it’s the coconut aminos, but this recipe came out very salty. Unfortunately it had to be tossed.

  46. Connor says

    Not quite done yet, but we just couldn’t quite tell at which point we were supposed to add the tomato paste. Maybe we just missed it, but couldn’t quite find it in the recipe. Thank you and we will let you know how it turns out!

  47. Michelle Sichewski says

    This was a hit with our family! We made it with red lentils since that is all we had on hand. We fried the mushrooms and onions separate so they stayed crispy and then added them as a nice topping. Everyone loved it.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love that modification idea, Michelle! We’re so glad your family enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  48. Teresa says

    I love this recipe!! Make it twice a month for my husband and I. Just follow the recipe and it always turns out delicious .

  49. Eileen says

    Love this recipe and have made it more than once. It’s so hearty and satisfying and comforting. It’s also easy to tweak and forgiving (different kinds of mushrooms or seasonings, etc). It makes a great winter meal!

  50. Jeanette says

    Have you ever tested canning your soup Recipes? I have an insta pot that can be used for canning but have yet to try it.

  51. Michelle To says

    VERY GOOD! I added 1 Tablespoon of Trader Joe’s garlic spread to the mashed potatoes and used Oat Milk and Earth Balance instead to make the mashed potatoes taste more like garlic mashed potatoes. It turned out really good!!!

  52. Anna says

    Amazing. Managed to miss off the rating when reviewing. Top marks!
    Oh and we had it again tonight :)

  53. Anna says

    Such a fabulous recipe. I’ve been making regularly since first try a couple of years ago. Works on its own with mash and greens, as a side dish (kids love it with bangers and mash), over baked potato, in a bowl with freshly baked sourdough… It’s featured in a dinner party, work lunches, and countless family meals – toddler and 6-year-old request it frequently.
    I usually make with dried lentils but works fine with tinned too if you’re in a rush. I tend to make a lot and use it up over the rest of the week :)
    Only downside is coconut aminos can be a pain to get hold of round here.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Anna! Thanks so much for the lovely review! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  54. Amanda says

    I love this meal! It freezes really well and is sooo hearty and satisfying.
    I often add greens and a couple carrots. I use butter in my mashed potatoes, and sometimes chicken broth instead of veggie.

  55. Jack says

    I made this this evening, and the sauce was delicious. I couldn’t find fresh thyme at the supermarket and went with rosemary instead. I will definitely make it again. Next time I may double the quantity of all the ingredients so that I end up with a greater number of leftover portions. I used more potatoes than the recipe suggested and went with the higher amount of vegetable stock, but somehow I only ended up with two decent-sized portions overall.

  56. Court K says

    Didn’t have shallots on hand so I subbed yellow onions and also added some celery and carrots to make more like a shepherd’s pie. Added a bit of cayenne at the end for a little kick. Loved this! Thanks!!

  57. Sandra says

    Thank you, once again a delicious and hearty recipe for my vegan family from Mininalist Baker.
    Simple, very economical and tasty, I did add some kale that I need to use up which did add some colour.

  58. Amy says

    I had this bookmarked for ages, and I finally made it this week…. just wow.

    This meal delivers… so much flavour and easy to make, the mushrooms were incredibly delicious. It wasn’t stew-like, but I think that was because I didn’t add enough water, but it was still so good.

    This is going on regular rotation, we’re heading into winter here.

  59. Danielle Hiscock says

    Incredible low-calorie option for a toasty winters night indoors. Altered the recipe to serve two and found the portion size was quite small. Followed the recipe to a T and only added the smaller suggestion of coconut aminos. Overall incredibly tasty and packed with proteins and yummy fats. Due to the small portion size, I ended up serving this dish with fresh piece of sourdough bread. Will definitely be making again! Perhaps I’ll double the serving though?

    Five stars for sure!

  60. J. Messerschmitt says

    “Crazy delicious” go-to comfort food is right. This is so good it was hard to stop after seconds even though I was stuffed! I didn’t have coconut aminos so I used Bragg’s liquid aminos instead and it turned out just fine, gave it a smoky umami flavor. This recipe will now be part of my regular repertoire, especially when I need a hug in a bowl. Thanks so much for all the time & energy you put into creating delicious, reliable & well-written recipes.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review! We’re so glad you enjoy it!

  61. Lolz says

    OMG so Bomb! Such a yummy warm meal, my boyfriend and I loved this recipe! I followed the recipe but added a few garlic cloves for extra flavor…did not add tomato paste because it was so yummy without it. Also, I added some extra veggie broth at the end because I found it was very nice to have extra saucy lentils for the mashed potato, so yummy.

  62. Rach says

    I made this twice, with some ingredietns left out- it is amazing every time. My fam always loves it, it’s so comforting. I have a couple problems at times though: My stew always dries out too quickly, I end up adding almost 4 cups of broth. I did leave out tomato paste and potato to thicken. Should I add flour, or lower the heat more quickly? I want to make it more soupy and stew-like. Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rach, we’re so glad you and your family enjoy it! It is intended to be more of a thick texture. For a more soupy texture, we would suggest adding even more vegetable broth. You could use flour if you are wanting to thicken it. Hope that helps!

  63. Jessie says

    Any thoughts on adding leeks to this ? I have a few, which I am trying to get rid of. Thanks!

  64. Raia says

    I’m excited to make this! Did you use green puy lentils? The images here looks like brown but that could be just from cooking. Would puy lentils or brown lentils work?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Raia, no, we didn’t use green puy lentils. We used regular green lentils (they are also sometimes called brown though!).

  65. Esther Estes says

    WOW and THANK YOU Dana for this most scrumptious recipe!!! My whole family, including our 8 year old, loved it and asked for seconds and thirds! This is the ultimate healthy comfort food.

    I didn’t have shallots or coconut amino, so I used 1 large (finely diced) sweet onion and tamari instead. Also, I added lots of garlic powder and 1 tsp of Korean BBQ sauce to the mashed potatoes. We bought fresh thyme from the Amish in Lancaster County, PA back in January before the shut-in, and I think this had a big impact on the dish.

  66. Megan says

    This was so amazing !! I didn’t have yellow potato’s so I used sweet potatoes and it was sooo good highly recommend!

  67. Hayley says

    I’ve made this many times & it’s one of my favourite dinners! I’m just wondering if you think the stew would double well. I’d love to double & freeze a few of the extra servings (given the current pandemic) to have it in the freezer for nights I don’t want to cook :$

  68. Lori Aberle says

    Made this for the first time tonight. I did not add tomato paste.. Don’t think it needs it. It is delicious!! The fresh Thyme is the key! It tastes so “meaty” and good. I steamed carrots and put on the side which made h h it a very warming “beef stew” experience.

  69. Alison Powell says

    I’ve now made this two times and I just love it. I make it on Sunday nights because it’s so homey and feels soooo good, but it’s so easy I could make it on weeknights! My boyfriend is crazy about this dish and says that if it were available at a restaurant, he go there just to order it. I’m thinking that next time, I’ll make a double batch and freeze half, so that all I need to do is make the mashed potatoes to serve on a busy “school” night. I used vegetable broth for the potatoes this time and they were wonderfully creamy and flavorful. My two cents on the tomato paste: I think it really works and I’ll use it every time. Also, I use Bragg’s Aminos and love the smoky, soy-y flavor they bring. Every MB recipe I’ve tried has been a winner and entered the rotation. Now, we have another! Also, my boyfriend’s parents are vegan and these recipes make me look like a vegan goddess to them.

  70. Jennifer says

    Very good! Will make again. I followed exactly, except had to use baby Bella mushrooms. I also added the optional tomato paste. Husband and I both thought it was great. Only change I will make in the future will be to add more mushrooms! Thanks for a easy and great recipe!

  71. Jordan says

    This is one of my favourite recipes to date! It’s so hearty but still delicious. I used 2tbs of tomato paste, half an onion instead of shallots and oregano instead of thyme. Didn’t have the last two ingredients on hand. It turned out amazing!

  72. Sarah J Benko says

    I made this for dinner for myself, my mom, and my brother (who both eat meat). It was a huge it with them. So warm and comforting and all of the ingredients keep for a long time so it is great for these times. I made it with a side of lemon garlic kale and used tamari instead of coconut aminos. Easy and very delicious!

  73. Nicole says

    My lentils were a bit “al dente” and I didn’t have much of a “stew” but the flavors were all there! The leftovers are REALLY where this dish shines since the flavors will have even more time to meld together.

  74. Sabine says

    This dish is sooo delicious and easy to cook.
    Made it 2 night in a row. Second time I had no more dried thyme, used fresh rosemary. And tamari instead of coconut aminos. I did not use oil either. But I made the suggested vegan ” Parmesan cheese”. It’s a hit.
    A new staple in my repertoire…

  75. Mandy says

    I didn’t have Coconut Aminos, so used Soy Sauce. I love using thyme with mushrooms and this dish was a big success with the whole family. Easy, inexpensive and truly comfortable. This will be a regular.

  76. Patrycja says

    This was simple but yum, thanks a lot for this recipe! Unfortunately I had to chop mushrooms to tiny little pieces so my husband wouldn’t notice them but other than that it looked as nice as yours (I think). I served it with a bit of sautéed spinach.

  77. Caroline says

    This was so lovely! I omitted the tomato paste and used dried rosemary! I used potato cauliflower mash for the base. So so so good!

  78. Heather says

    I used brown lentils, subbed a fresh diced tomato for the paste and soy sauce for the coconut aminos. I added a bay leaf during the summer time and I served it over Italian Farro. It was really good and I’ll definitely make it again and consider adding carrots or spinach

  79. Amy says

    This was everything and more! So absolutely fulfilling and the most perfect comfort food! I used tinned lentils as it’s all I had so only used about 1/2 – 1 cup of stock. I will definitely make again.

  80. uyen Tran says

    Just made this. So tasty !!! Had leftover mash. I could eat it all by itself or over rice! Thank you again!!!! My go to stew when I crave mash potatoes.

  81. Ellie says

    Another gorgeous recipe Dana!
    I made the mushroom part in advance so didn’t add potato in to thicken in, instead I just let it reduce with the lid off for the last few minutes of cooking and it turned out beautifully.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Ellie. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  82. Daina says

    So excited to make the recipe! It’s just about done. I don’t have tomato paste on hand, so I think that will definitely deepen the flavor next time. I used dried thyme, but added more pepper to deepen the flavor. Would like to try fresh herbs some time.
    I decided to make just the lentils and mushrooms. And serve over tricolor quinoa because that is what I have on hand.
    Question 1: If not making mashed potatoes, is there another suggestion to thicken the mushroom lentil part?
    Question 2: Was I supposed to leave the lid off while simmering for 20 min? I found it was still “soupy” after 20 with the lid mostly on, so I just removed the lid to cook down more. I’m new to the science of cooking. ;-)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Daina, for question 2- that’s the perfect solution! Or increase the heat next time so it boils out more quickly. For question 1- perhaps try adding flour to thicken? Or simply omit!

  83. Kim Zimmerman says

    Making it for the second time as I write this.
    Wholesome food to make you feel good. Found it because I was craving mashed potatoes and wanted something vegetarian to go with them.
    I’ve used soy sauce as a coconut aminos substitute in case that’s helpful for anyone in the future.
    Truly nourishing dish on a budget too.
    Thank you so much!!!

  84. Annan Lopata says

    I absolutely love this recipe- I’ve made it a ton! Unfortunately, lentils are hard to come by right now in grocery stores around me due to coronavirus… Do you suggest a bean or grain substitute? Or walnuts? Thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I could see mung beans, kidney beans, or a blend of walnuts, chopped beans, and other veggies being nice!

  85. Lisa says

    This is so absolutely delicious, easy, healthy and so comforting. Exactly what we need during such turbulent times. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes keeping us sane and healthy. I make so much of your delicious food and am forever grateful to you. As an aside I don’t love garlic as much as you do and tend to leave it out and everything is just as yummy. Many blessings to you

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review, Lisa. We are so glad you enjoy our recipes and are able to modify to your preference! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Nicole, You can, but red lentils cook faster and tend to become mushier. So if you’re OK with that, go for it!

  86. Sara says

    This was so easy and delicious! It was the perfect meal to make after a long day, came together quickly and was warm and comforting – I mean, how can you go wrong with mashed potatoes and mushrooms?! Loved it, it’s definitely a keeper in the winter rotation!

    • Megan P says

      I have lost track of how many times I’ve made this. I never have all the ingredients on hand and it’s amazing every time.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Elizabeth. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  87. Kathleen says

    We just made this and it was oh so good and comforting!! Also easy to make and I had everything on hand. My family loves it. Thank you so much for another great recipe!

  88. Jenny says

    At the request of my super picky 4-year-old, I’m making this for dinner tonight for the 2nd night in a row. This dish is a major crowd pleaser, both for being delicious and so perfectly comfort food-y. I used red lentils instead of green and Herbes de Provence rather than just thyme, but it’s delicious nonetheless. Even threw in a bag of baby spinach at the end and it went unnoticed by the child because it’s so yummy otherwise. Thanks for yet another really yummy comforting recipe during this weird time. ❤️

  89. Samantha says

    I love the simplicity of ingredients in this. Super delicious on this rainy Southern California day. Thank you!

  90. Caroline says

    Very good and needs the extra umph- fresh thyme, extra aminos, and tomato paste. I used the instant pot for my potatoes so this came together really fast. I will double next time so there are leftovers for my family of four.
    Thanks Dana!!

  91. Madeline says

    We made this for dinner last night – our quarantine stock-up included almost all of these ingredients! I subbed tamari for coconut aminos and added a spoonful of Treeline french cheese with basil (vegan) to the potatoes. The result was a warm, satisfying meal that I’ve since texted to friends and family, insisting they make it soon!

  92. Sarah says

    I made this on a rainy and cold spring day, and it made my house smell like Thanksgiving! My kids are crazy and don’t like mushrooms (the horror!), so I added chopped carrots, celery, a cubed Yukon potato (bc you can never have too many potatoes) and a bay leaf. Next time I am doubling the recipe so I can actually have leftovers! This stew would also be amazing over pasta or a baked potato.

  93. Motte says

    Hi Dana. I made this recipe today. It was soooo delicious. I added some garlic and red bell pepper to the stew and used split red Lentils as I didn’t have green. Also had some baked sweet potatoes from yesterday and used them in stead of mashed potatoes. Will definately make this again.

  94. Olivia says

    I figure it’s about time I leave a review for this recipe. I’ve made it more times than I can count. If I could give it 10/10 stars I would :) This is one of my favorite recipes. When I want comfort food this is my go to. I will say, use fresh Thyme!! One time I forgot to get thyme from the store and decided to try to use dried rosemary instead – it doesn’t hold a candle to the the flavor of the fresh thyme. I usually use baby bella mushrooms because they’re always available in my local store. Also, sometimes for the mashed potatoes I will roast a head of garlic and mash that into the potatoes with some salt – sooo good. And lastly for anyone else who is married to someone who doesn’t like mushrooms, I usually wind up making a 2nd batch of this and omitting the mushrooms and adding a bit more lentils. It turns out great and my husband enjoys it (although let’s be honest, it’s not as good as the version with mushrooms!!). Make this recipe!! You won’t regret it!

    • Kara says

      Super helpful review, Olivia! I was just wondering what to do for a picky eater (my husband detests mushrooms). And, I currently don’t have any mushrooms and probably won’t be going to the store anytime soon. I’ll try it tonight without mushrooms, but totally look forward to trying it with mushrooms next time (because I love them)!

      Question: Any suggestions or ideas to replace/substitute mushrooms instead of omit them? Thank you!

      • Kara says

        Made it with carrots and celery instead of mushrooms (1:1 ratio). It turned out great! Reminded me a little of shepherds pie! I did add some tomato paste and more salt/pepper at the end because I used a mixture of low sodium/no salt added broth. No doubt in my mind that it would’ve been better using the original recipe (with mushrooms)! Can’t wait to make it again unedited!!… Dreaming of mushrooms right now…

  95. spicy mango says

    this was DELICIOUS! i added some chopped parsnips, hot chili oil, turmeric and a pinch of za’atar just for kicks. and for the potatoes i added truffle salt and some garlic. thank you for this absolutely yummy and easy recipe!

  96. Be says

    I have made this twice now: once with dried thyme (I do not recommend – the dried leaves gave an awful texture) and yesterday with fresh time and increased the potatoes, mushrooms, and lentils (1.5lbs potatoes with skins, 1lb mushrooms, and 1 cup lentils). I really like this but I would like to increase the plant protein more. I am considering pairing this with a good recipe for tofu mashed potatoes (still looking for one that suits). Increasing the mushrooms and lentils brought me up to 16 grams of protein per serving. I’d like to get to 25 grams or above. Soaking the lentils definitely helps with digestibility as I have IBS.

  97. Simo says

    Made this for dinner on Friday night and it was a huuuge hit! I used dried rosemary and it gave the stew such a wonderful flavor! I also added a can of diced tomatoes, to increase sauciness, and it worked perfectly. Oh and the mashed potatoes with almond milk? Wow! I’ll definitely be making this again, thank you.

  98. Noelle Pion says

    Wow. I loved this and will add it to my regular repertoire of meals. Not only was it delicious but also easy and fast. Having the leftovers tonight with baked yams since I scarfed all the potatoes. Yum! Thanks!

  99. Heather Johnston says

    I have been adapting to a whole food plant based way of eating and this has become a “go-to” recipe for lentils that I seem to be making on a weekly basis now. There is something that is so satisfying as lentil gravy on mash potatoes. I have been using shiitake mushrooms with it and for the mash potatoes I don’t bother peeling for extra nutrition and it makes it even less work! Easy recipe. This is so yummy.

  100. Moni says

    I added soaked Bulgar wheat to thicken and used 1 cup soaked chopped dried mushrooms…the lentil gravy was excellent as a base for shepards pie.Thanks for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Moni! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  101. Donna says

    Easy, comfort food! I added some chopped carrots just because I love carrots ha, it worked out perfectly! I did add the tomato paste, great addition to the gravy.

  102. Lisa says

    Yum, just yum. I’ll be making this again tonight – 3rd time.
    Believe it or not, we’re not into mashed potatoes so we eat it over french fries, which always seem to be in the freezer when we need them.

  103. Kim says

    Incredible! So simple, yet so rich in flavor. This is my husband’s new favorite meal. MB, THANK YOU!
    I added a head of roasted garlic to the mashed potatoes, followed everything else exactly and it was delicious!
    Actually remembered to double the recipe this time as I’m learning that if it’s from MB we are going to want leftovers!!!
    We are a vegetarian, gluten free, celiac household and your recipes are a game changer. I now love cooking and feel confident to have friends over for dinner as everyone always loves your recipes! So much better than just salad and beans =] I cannot say thank you enough!!

  104. Astrid says

    Absolutely love this recipe. I’m lazy and just use canned lentils which is just as good. simple and delish Meal loved by all! Thank you!

  105. Marie says

    I had some leftover lentils I needed to use up. This recipe is absolutely fantastic. So comforting, savory, and satisfying. My somewhat picky teen boy even liked it. Anything with mashed potatoes is usually a win- this did not disappoint! I didn’t use the optional tomato paste (I didn’t want to then have tomato paste to have to use up), skipped the oil also. Otherwise I made it pretty much as is. I don’t eat a lot of lentils- this will certainly change that! This will be in regular rotation. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  106. Anne says

    Thank you for all of your recipes! Tasty but really easy!! I made this for my dad who is vegan age 81 for heart disease. He loved this and it was a hit with other guests AnD my 1 year old nephew!
    Tasty. I added the tomato paste and extra aminos. yum

  107. Erin says

    Made this tonight and it was great! I served it over mashed sweet potatoes and it was great. Thanks for the great dish. I definitely added more salt and pepper and that really brought out the flavours.

  108. Lily says

    I have made this a couple of times.

    Tonight, I made it with mushroom stock (store bought, College Inn brand) and it really brought a delicious depth of flavor. I also used soy sauce instead of coconut aminos. The first time I made this, I used dried thyme and this time I used fresh – the fresh was 100x better and didn’t leave chewy pieces the way the dried thyme did.

    However, my lentils were not evenly cooking with the 2 c of broth (the ones on top stayed hard because 2 c did not cover them completely), so I ended up adding more and more liquid, using 4 c total (I used the whole container of broth) and had to cover my pan as well. I think my lentils did not cook evenly the first time either, but it’s an easy enough fix that I wouldn’t dock the instructions (it could totally be something I’m doing wrong). This is a great recipe regardless! I served it with your Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe and used fresh roasted garlic in the potatoes.

  109. Ashlee says

    I thought it was just okay. Maybe mine was not as great as the other reviewers because I used store bought broth? Otherwise I followed the recipe to a “T”. Could just be personal preference in taste. Idk.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ashlee, we do find that some store bought broths are not as flavorful as others. We prefer Imagine brand when going with store bought. Hope that helps!

  110. Lena says

    Tasty, versatile dish! I soaked a package of dried porcini mushrooms and added them along with the button mushrooms, and threw in some of the soaking water as well since I was a little short on broth. I accidentally used dried oregano instead of dried thyme (whoops!) but it still turned out good. I added a splash of red wine vinegar at the end for a little extra zip and served it over egg noodles.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Liz! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  111. Karen R says

    Have made this twice now, excellent flavors! First time served over mashed potatoes as in recipe, second time over baked spaghetti squash, that was good too!

  112. Sandra Hernandez says

    This dish is so much more than the sum of its parts–and that’s considering how awesome its individual parts are. I doubled the recipe, using tamari instead of coconut aminos and vegetable broth to mash the potatoes. I mostly eyeballed amounts, and the final product is still scrumptious. As promised, this recipe was definitely easy and quick to make.

    I’ve been writing this review for a while now because I keep stopping to eat more. True story.

  113. Jen says

    This was so amazing even my 4.5 yo loved it(she had thw gravy over bowtie pasta(shes not a fan of mashed potatoes!?!?)
    I subbed rosemary for thyme since i have a huge rosemary bush. It was so much more than i expected!
    We had a few bites of it over noodles(my daughters leftovers) and its amazing that way as well!

  114. Tetiana Taran says

    Very yummy and comforting! This recipe goes into our family favourites! Kids and grownups loved it!

    I’ve made this recipe twice and first time lentils were not nearly tender after 20 minutes, it took about 40-50 minutes for them to cook through. I used brown unsoaked lentils. Second time I pre-cooked lentils in Pressure cooker for 7 minutes and it turned out amazing.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Tetiana! We’ve heard that if lentils are older they can take longer to cook. We’re glad to hear the pressure cooker worked well though!

  115. Sid says

    Wonderful! Made it two nights ago and was surprised at how well it turned out. I used onions since I didn’t have shallots and used a couple tablespoons of Better than Boullion in water since I didn’t have veggie broth. Also added some spinach that I needed to use. A great, easy, mid week stew for the rotation. Thank you!

  116. CC says

    This is one of my favorites! It has such a comforting, Thanksgiving dinner kind of flavor… But without being too heavy or indulgent. It’s a great week night dinner for fall and winter. I always add the optional tomato paste :)

  117. Kaylee says

    I have made this recipe so many times and it is always delicious and warm and comforting and filling. The thyme really makes this recipe, I love how all the flavors combine.

    I usually intend to make this as a side dish, but I love it so much I end up eating mostly the lentil stew for dinner!

  118. Martina says

    Love this recipe! I added some chopped garlic cloves and white wine to the lentils and used Tamari instead of the coconut aminos. Tasted amazing, will definitely make it again! Thank you for sharing.

  119. M says

    Deeeeeeellllliiiiiiicccciiiioooouuuusss !!!
    I’m a bit cheeky and added some white wine to the lentils, but I’ve made them before and they’re really good with or without white wine ;) Also, I used veggie cube broth and even with this cheep/lazy alternative the meal was amazing! And the mashed potatoes were just as good as they would be with milk & butter if not better! I never thought to use veggie broth instead of milk!
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  120. Jill says

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! I will definitely make this again and again! Thank you for sharing

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jill. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  121. Ashleigh says

    I absolutely love this recipe, I make it almost weekly. I add in the tomato paste and 1/2 a tbsp of gravy powder and oh my goddddddddd it’s DELICIOUS. Thank you for bringing this into my life!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Ashleigh. We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  122. andrew says

    I have tried this recipe 4 times and each time the lentils take close to an hour to cook. I am using red lentils, I am almost using to much liquid so I know they are not in want of that, I’ve trie this on low, medium low and high heat but nothing gets the time to 20 minutes. what am I doing wrong? do the lentils need to be soaked? I’ve looked for other red lentil recipes and they all say 20 minutes as well but nothing about soaking.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Andrew, red lentils should generally take only 5-10 minutes to cook – they’re so small and tender. Green and brown and black varieties can take longer. One option is to cook the lentils separate in boiling water until tender to speed cooking, and then add them to the sauce. Hope that helps!

    • OkraW says

      Andrew, are you maybe using whole red lentils? There is a split version that does not need to be soaked (although I always soak at least for 30 mins with split lentils). For whole lentils, I’d still soak overnight or least 8 hours. It should quicken the cook time significantly once you get cooking!

  123. Natalia S says

    Hi team Minimalist Baker, do you think water would work instead of veggie broth? I am in a place where store-bought is not readily available and I may not find time to make my own… if I do attempt it with water, what should I tweak?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It won’t have as much flavor, so that’s my main concern. I’d add a bit of tomato paste, nutritional yeast, and more onion / garlic to the pan to help compensate if I were you.

  124. Delaney Coelho says

    I followed this recipe, mostly to a T, and it was delicious! Major umami flavour. I did use an immersion blender to blend some of the gravy so it was smoother but still had lots of texture. Next time I would cut my mushrooms a bit chunkier.

  125. Sean says

    Made this for lunch today! Was enjoyed by all ( Vegan and not alike). I found the stew was a bit thin and needed more potato to thicken than was called for. I will reduce the liquid some next time!

  126. Natalie says

    I love this recipe, so delicious and comforting. When I make it again, I think I will add more mushrooms. I bought a box of mushrooms that had an additional cup than what the recipe calls for, next time I will use the full box. Letting it sit for a bit definitely deepened the flavors.

  127. Barbara Alfeo says

    I absolutely love your recipe! I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2019 for people who are trying to make more meat-free meals (everyone has to start somewhere). I would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at sunshineguerrilla.com. Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Barbara, yes, a link is fine, thanks! Please refer to this guide for more information on sharing our recipes. Thanks!

    • Emily says

      I haven’t made this yet, though looking at it and reading the comments I can’t wait to fix this for my daughter. That being said, she is the only non meat eater in our family. Fixing larger meals for her is a waste because most recipes are made to feed a family not an individual.

      My question is besides the mashed potatoes, could this recipe be freezer friendly?

  128. meeshy-keen says

    This stew was SO SO delicious and hearty. My lentils took a bit longer to cook (about 10 minutes more), so I just kept them simmering, adding hot water little by little if they looked dry, until the lentils were perfect. I served these with the aptly named “Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes” instead of the mash in this recipe. The chives and garlic in the potatoes went really well with the stew. Served at a dinner party and multiple people asked me to send them the recipe. :)

    • meeshy-keen says

      One other thing—I made this the night before the dinner party to make life easier…. It heats up great on the stove! No one was the wiser. I’m from the Ina Garten school of “make it ahead”!

  129. Juan says

    I made this the other night and it was a big hit! I used soy sauce instead of coconut aminos and used the tomato paste. Thanks for the great recipe, I’ll definitely be making this again!

  130. Diana says

    We loved this recipe! We nixed the tomato paste and used soy sauce in the lentils and dairy elements in the potatoes. We had it with a meat side because it needed to be eaten, but everyone eating felt it could stand on its own as a meal.

  131. Hayley Morrin says

    Finally tried this today after saving to pinterest ages ago. It was absolutely fantastic! I was making it ahead of time, so wasn’t making the mashed potatoes, so instead of mashed potatoes to thicken, I used 2 tablespoons cornstarch beaten with 1/4 cup of water. Worked great. Can’t wait to make again – it was such a warm and hearty dish to eat a cold winter’s evening.

  132. Karen M Carlson says

    Made this last night, it was delicious!
    I added spinach, which goes so well with mushrooms and lentils.
    Very flavorful and good comfort food!

  133. Barbara says

    This is pure comfort food to be sure.
    I used black lentils that I soaked all day. I added carrots to mine too. I also used my InstaPot to cook the stew. Decreased liquid to 2 cups and cooked the stew for 15 minutes on high.
    The flavors were perfectly blended. I let the stew bubble on the sauté setting for five additional minutes to further reduce liquids befor stirring in mashed potatoes.
    I used a combination of red and gold baby potatoes for the mash. I added vegan keifer I made in the InstaPot to give the potatoes a tangy flavor. Yum!
    This recipe is husband approved. And will definitely make it again and serve over polenta.

  134. Lynne Hurd Bryant says

    This has become my favorite deep winter comfort food. I ate it three times in ten days in December and I have been craving it now for over a week. Tonight is the night. This is FANTASTIC and it is the dish that made me love lentils, finally.

  135. Cova says

    Wow! What an amazing surpise. As a recent vegan in conversion, I am still not confident in my cooking, but this recipe came out exactly as described or better: fragrant, delicious, filing and beautiful! Thank you so much!!

  136. Brynn Lattimer says

    This has quickly become a favorite dinner in our house, the flavors are unbelievable. Minimalist Baker is my go to for all my recipes and she never disappoints, this was another amazing success that I will be adding to a weekly dinner rotation.

    I would say if you are planning on having it as a main meal versus a side, I would double the recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Judy! We recommend using uncooked lentils (or soaked) and adding them along with thyme and vegetable broth for best results in the recipe! If you try out the recipe using cooked lentils, report back on how it goes!

  137. Chris Walker says

    Excellent recipe, easy to make. I prefer using rosemary and 365 vegetable stock from Whole Foods. I use a bit of veg. stock to mash the potatoes. Thank you for another great meal!

  138. Cait says

    I absolutely love this recipe! It’s so delicious, filling during this cold winter season. Nothing beats fluffy mashed potatoes and comforting lentils and mushrooms. Thank you!!

  139. Jillian Pius says

    I made the mashed potatoes the night before in my instant pot.
    I used the same amount of potatoes and put just enough water to cover them in the instant pot, then cook on high heat/pressure for 10 minutes. Instead of using vegetable broth in the potatoes, I used the leftover potato-water.

    It was really yummy!

  140. Patricia Hingston says

    I made this and my husband loved it! I’m making it again tomorrow for some friends. Goes well with a side of lightly fried green beans + mushrooms + garlic.

  141. Gabi says

    I have been making recipes off this amazing site for awhile now, and this recipe was so delicious that I decided I just have to leave a review and start contributing. I only used 2 cups vegetable broth but next time I will use more because it would be nice to have more sauciness to put over the potatoes. I also sauteed a bunch of garlic in 2 Tbsp of avocado oil and then added that into the mashing of potatoes for some extra flavor. Did not end up using tomato paste. Must try! I will definitely be making this again

  142. Shoko Miyagi says

    The short YouTube video and the short list of ingredients convinced me to make this recipe. Next time, I need to double the amount so I have some leftover. I didn’t have coconut aminos, so I used soy sauce instead. Great for winter!

  143. FIona Saulness says

    It was a cold day here in Phoenix and found this recipe to try…delicious..didn’t have coconut aminos so used a little Braggs Amino’s instead. Didn’t use tomato paste and didn’t have fresh thyme but it all worked out good and was totally delicious! Warmed me right up! Easy peasy to make! YUMMM

  144. Maria says

    So. Good. I made this for a potluck and everyone loved it! So hearty and filling. I made noodles on the side so it was more of a pot-roast kind of dish. I had some leftovers so I just added a little bit of leftover tomato soup to them and it was delicious! This is such a versatile dish that you can really make your own. And so simple for me, as someone who doesn’t cook a lot. I’ll definitey make it again.

  145. Inês says

    I made this for dinner and it was so good! I didn’t have coconut aminos and I intended to substitute with soy sauce but totally forgot. I added powdered coriander and laurelinstead of thyme and added chopped fresh tomatoes instead of the tomato paste. It was delicious, and I will do this again without a doubt.

  146. Joanna says

    Soo good! I didn’t have a couple of items so I substituted dried basil, shiitake mushrooms, red onion. and I added fresh dill in my potatoes. I will definitely be making this again.