Hearty and Wholesome: A Guide to Making Delicious Vegan Stew - Root Kitchen UK

Hearty and Wholesome: A Guide to Making Delicious Vegan Stew

David Beaver

In this seemingly never ending winter, there's something deeply comforting about a steaming bowl of stew, especially on a chilly evening. But who says stew needs meat to be satisfying? In this guide, we'll explore the wonderful world of vegan stew, packed with flavour, nutrients, and all the goodness of plant-based ingredients. Whether you're a seasoned vegan chef or just dipping your toes into plant-based cooking, get ready to discover how to create hearty and wholesome vegan stews that will warm your soul and tantalise your taste buds.

The Beauty of Vegan Stew: Vegan stew isn't just about omitting meat – it's about celebrating the vibrant flavours and textures of vegetables, legumes, and grains. From root vegetables like carrots and potatoes to protein-packed beans and lentils, the possibilities are endless when it comes to crafting a satisfying vegan stew. Not to mention the aromatic herbs, spices, and seasonings that elevate the dish to new heights of deliciousness. Plus, with the slow simmering process, vegan stew develops rich, complex flavours that deepen with each passing hour.

Key Ingredients for Vegan Stew: Before we dive into the recipes, let's take a look at some essential ingredients for making vegan stew:

  1. Vegetables: Choose a variety of vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes to create a flavourful base for your stew.
  2. Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are excellent sources of protein and add heartiness to vegan stew. Whether canned or dried, legumes are a staple ingredient that adds texture and substance to the dish.
  3. Grains: Add depth and thickness to your stew by incorporating grains like barley, quinoa, or rice. These grains absorb the flavours of the stew while providing a satisfying chewy texture.
  4. Broth: Opt for vegetable broth or stock as the liquid base of your stew. Homemade broth is preferable for its freshness and flavour, but store-bought options work well too.
  5. Herbs and Spices: Experiment with herbs like thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and spices such as paprika, cumin, coriander, and turmeric to season your stew and enhance its aroma.
  6. Thickener: For a thicker stew, consider adding a thickening agent like tomato paste, cornstarch, or flour towards the end of the cooking process.

Recipe: Classic Vegan Vegetable Stew Now, let's get cooking with a classic vegan vegetable stew recipe that's sure to warm your heart and satisfy your cravings.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, potatoes, and green beans to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Remove the pot from the heat and let the stew cool slightly before serving.
  5. Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve hot with crusty bread or rice.

Tips for Perfect Vegan Stew:

  • Don't be afraid to mix and match vegetables according to your preferences and what's in season.
  • For added depth of flavour, consider roasting some of the vegetables before adding them to the stew.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew, you can mash some of the cooked vegetables or add a slurry of cornstarch and water to the pot.
  • Leftover stew can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for longer-term storage. Simply reheat before serving.

Like vegan ready meals, Vegan stew is a nourishing and comforting dish that celebrates the abundance of plant-based ingredients. With simple yet flavourful recipes like the classic vegetable stew, you can enjoy a wholesome and satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and let the aroma of simmering stew fill your kitchen with warmth and joy. Happy cooking!

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