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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 2, 2023

My Mothers Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes | EASY One-Pan Recipe

This Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes is what heartwarming feel-good food is all about. We´re talking simple & healthy ingredients, easy to make and packed with a ton of flavors. Serve this stew next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a complete and delicious meal.

Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes
To make this recipe I used brown lentils. But you can also use green lentils if you like. Either way, make sure to not use red lentils. As with the method we will be cooking them in, they will split open and easily break apart.

Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes
For the liquid I used water. But you can always use vegetable broth or even chicken broth. My mother just prefers to use water to make her lentils, that way the liquid doesn´t over power the flavors of the stew.

Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Make sure to season the lentil stew at the very end. If you season the lentils before they´re cooked, they will take longer to cook and have a tough texture to them.

Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes
3.67 from 3 votes

My Mothers Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes

Course Main Course, Stew
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 376 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils 130 grams
  • 5 cups water 1200 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  1. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the bell peppers and roughly chop the carrot (peeled)

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the chopped vegetables, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the tomatoes finely grated, mix together and then simmer without mixing

  4. In the meantime, cut the sweet potatoes (peeled) into 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick bite-sized pieces and add the lentils into a fine sieve and rinse under water

  5. Once the grated tomato has thickened, about 4 minutes, add in the chopped sweet potatoes, the dried lentils, the water and the bay leaf, turn it up to a high heat and give it a gentle mix

  6. When it comes to a boil, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low heat, simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are cooked through

  7. After 20 to 25 minutes and the ingredients are cooked through, season the stew with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together and then remove from the heat

  8. Transfer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
My Mothers Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 388mg17%
Potassium 1212mg35%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 21g88%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 20400IU408%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Cynthia

    This was an amazingly good recipe. Your mom has good taste and wonderful recipes. Made this for the first time and couldn’t believe the taste of it. Will be making this again. You have great talent in making new recipes and we love them. Been using quite a few of your recipes. Keep them coming.

    09 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      11 . Apr . 2024
  2. Nancy Hildebrandt

    5 stars
    Your mother was a great cook! I don’t spend my time on complicated recipes but rather look for the rare one where a few simple fresh ingredients and a simple procedure can produce a fantastic combination of flavors. (So I save most of the recipes on your site.) The occasional taste of sweet potato was such a perfect complement to the lentils. I’m also proud that all of my veggies, including the bay leaf, were grown locally, and I used green lentils grown in The Palouse in eastern Washington state, just a few hours away.

    01 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      01 . Jan . 2024
  3. Bocephus

    1 star
    The sweetness was overwhelming. It desperately needs something savory and acidic to balance it. I wanted to like so badly but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it through the batch. Apologies for the bad review but it’s upsetting to waste good ingredients.

    09 . Oct . 2023
  4. Doron Zamir

    5 stars
    WOW!!!! I have just made that recpie for my wife’s birthday. all of it has been finished with just 2 muinutes. It seems to me that I will adopt the recipe and I intend to make it a hit among my customers in Israel – just like I did with the eggplant chips in beer batter with honey.
    Again this is a wow wow wow recipe

    04 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      04 . Oct . 2023
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had lentil stew with sweet potatoes before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    03 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      04 . Oct . 2023
  6. Trevor Smith

    First class. Always. Semprie.

    02 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      03 . Oct . 2023

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