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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 12, 2021

Classic Spanish Lentil Stew | One of Spain´s Most Iconic Dishes

This Classic Spanish Lentil Stew, known in Spain as Lentejas, is packed with flavors, easy to make and comes together in under one hour. The perfect dish for the cooler weather, as it warms your soul and fills your body with so much goodness.

Spanish Lentil Stew
This is a dish you will find served at many restaurants in Spain, but more specifically, made in almost every household in Spain. It´s a traditional dish that is made with the simplest ingredients, but the flavors are absolutely delicious and it´s very healthy for you.

Spanish Lentil Stew
To make this recipe, I used uncooked brown lentils. But you can also use black lentils or even green lentils. The beauty of lentils, is that you don´t have to soak them overnight, just wash them and add to the pan. The ones I used fully cooked through in 35 minutes. So make sure to check the package instructions on the lentils you are using, so you don´t undercook or overcook your lentils. If you see the stew is drying out while cooking the lentils, add in more broth.

Spanish Lentil Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Make sure to use potatoes here that are more waxy than starchy. I used new potatoes. As they hold their shape better while they´re cooking with the lentils and they won´t get mushy.

Spanish Lentil Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Classic Spanish Lentil Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 348 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly minced
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce 115 grams
  • 1 cup uncooked brown lentils 210 grams
  • 2 small potatoes cut into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 1150 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large deep fry pan or a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes add in 1/2 onion finely diced, 1/2 green & 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped and 4 cloves garlic roughly minced, mix with the olive oil

  3. Once all the vegetables are lightly sauteed, about 5 minutes, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika, quickly mix together, then add in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, raise the heat to a medium-high and simmer

  4. Meanwhile, measure out 1 cup of uncooked brown lentils, add them into a sieve and rinse under cold running water, removing any debris if found

  5. After simmering the tomato sauce for 3 minutes and it has really thickend up, add in the rinsed lentils, 2 small potatoes that have been cut into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces, 1 carrot that´s been thinly sliced and season with black pepper, mix together, then add in 5 cups vegetable broth and 1 bay leaf, mix together and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low heat, simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until the lentils are fully cooked through, then remove the lid, season with sea salt and simmer for 1 to 2 more minutes

  6. Transfer the lentil stew into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 1068mg31%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 17g34%
Calcium 59mg6%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Vitamin A 3470IU69%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. artzybasheff

    5 stars
    Excellent as is. Second time, I used a little less broth. I also added a few more herbs. Since it is a vegetarian dish, I stuck with that and added some sliced up tofu wieners just because it sounded good. I loved the result. Thanks for the great recipe!

    15 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      15 . Jun . 2022
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  4. Michelle

    5 stars
    Thank you for this great recipe. Delicious, healthy, and so easy to make! This is a new favorite in our home.

    08 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      08 . Mar . 2022
  5. Joanne

    5 stars
    This is now on regular rotation in our household, so healthy and delicious. 🙏

    25 . Feb . 2022
  6. candida

    5 stars
    So yam yam

    22 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      23 . Jan . 2022
  7. Henrietta

    Tasty lentles I put a smoked sausage in it. Its a like a little sun in my kitchen. It’s cold in berlin now. Thanks for menu. Hmmmmm

    06 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Stay warm 🙂 much love

      08 . Jan . 2022
  8. David P Harring

    5 stars
    This is the first dish I have made of your recipes although I have followed your videos for quite awhile. What a fantastic dish! I know you’re vegetarian, but how would chorizo go?

    28 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Some chorizo would be great, just sautee it with the vegetables 🙂 much love

      28 . Dec . 2021
  9. Leigh

    5 stars
    Wow delicious! Easy to make and the nutrient values are really high! Thank you.

    26 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Much love 🙂

      26 . Dec . 2021
  10. Dan Sage

    Made this for a neighborhood birthday potluck. A big hit. Love that something so easy pull together in a very short time packs so much flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

    14 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      14 . Dec . 2021
  11. Laura Minsk

    5 stars
    I loved this! Reminded me of the flavors of my grandmother’s lentil soup. My grandmother was from Malaga. She did something with the garlic though that I can’t quite reproduce. I think she used to flame the whole head of garlic and then put it in the lentil soup. Do you know anything about that?

    30 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      She probably roasted the heat of garlic and then added it into the stew, giving the garlic a rich buttery texture, much love 🙂

      30 . Nov . 2021
  12. Liz Gmehling

    5 stars
    Wow!!! The flavour is outstanding!! That smoked spanish paprika really packs a punch in the flavour department! This stew was fast and easy to make in the morning before work. What a treat to come home, reheat, toast some nice ciabatta and sit down to a great meal. Very satisfying and is now added to my staple of soups/stews to make on a regular basis. Yum!!

    18 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      18 . Nov . 2021
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  14. Jen

    This looks so delicious and comforting! The señora I lived with while studying in Sevilla was a very strange lady, but she made a mean lenteja! I’ve long hoped to recreate her dish, and I am excited to try your version.

    15 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      15 . Nov . 2021
  15. Lola.B

    5 stars
    Excellent !
    Spain in a plate 🙂 Soooo good !

    14 . Nov . 2021
  16. Peter

    5 stars
    I enjoyed this meal very much.
    Simple and flavorful.
    Years ago I lived in Spain and your channel brings back memories.
    When I lived there, a friend taught me how to cook many Spanish dishes. For tomato sauce, we usually cut a tomato in half and then used a grater to essentially pulverize it. We then would add the grated tomato to our recipe.
    Did you do that with tomato sauce in this recipe? Could that be an option to get the tomato sauce for the recipe?

    Enjoy your channel. Thank you.

    12 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes, the tomato sauce I used I made by finely grating fresh tomatoes 🙂 Thanks for the comment! Much love

      13 . Nov . 2021

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