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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 3, 2022

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin | EASY Heart-Warming πŸ‚ Fall Recipe

This Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin is what seasonal cooking is all about. ItΒ΄s packed with flavors, easy to make and promises to fill your body with so much goodness. Serve this lentil stew next to a garden salad and a crunchy baguette for an unforgetable meal.

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin
To make this recipe I used a small whole pumpkin that I peeled and deseeded. However, you can also use the store-bought pumpkin that is already peeled and deseeded or even butternut squash.

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin
For the lentils I used brown lentils. But you can also use green lentils. However, I donΒ΄t recommend you use red lentils here. With the method weΒ΄re going to be cooking them in, red lentils will split open and get mushy.

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: It took me exactly 30 minutes to cook the lentils, but every pan and stove top heats differently. So it might take you 25 minutes or even up to 40 minutes. Make sure to check the package instructions as well.

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin
4.67 from 3 votes

Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 320 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 2.50 grams
  • 2 tsp dried oregano 2 grams
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 lbs pumpkin 500 grams
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils 130 grams
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 1200 ml
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Peel, deseed and cut the pumpkin into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick pieces, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely grate the tomatoes and rinse the lentils under cold water

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

  3. After 1 minute add in the onion and garlic, mix with the olive oil, once the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes, add in the paprika, cumin, oregano and sherry vinegar, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato and simmer

  4. After 3 minutes and the tomato has slightly thickened, add in the chopped pumpkin and lentils, mix together, then add in the broth and raise to a high heat, once it comes to a boil place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  5. Once the lentils and pumpkin are fully cooked through, about 30 minutes, remove the lid, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and remove from the heat

  6. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Lentil Stew with Pumpkin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 592mg26%
Potassium 1173mg34%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 12868IU257%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Julie

    When recipe calls for 1-1/4 lb or 500gms butternut squash or pumpkin, is that the weight of the intact squash/pumpkin or 1- 1/4 lb (500gms ) of cubed squash/pumpkin having already been cut off the rind? Tyvm! I love your recipes and videos!!
    25 . Oct . 2023

    25 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      That is the weight with the skins on πŸ™‚ Much lobe

      26 . Oct . 2023
  2. Roberto

    4 stars
    Dear Albert,

    thank you so much for this and all of your other recipes (I’ve tried so far). Not only were they super delicious, but one also acquires such great cooking basics going through your melt-in-your-mouth-collection, which you can experiment with and try to create your own dishes. Cooking’s become very fun since I stumbled upon your channel.
    Thanks again for the many joyous and yummy moments you’ve provided us with!

    Much love 🫢🏼

    07 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ Much love

      08 . Jan . 2023
  3. Rachael

    Is there anything I can use as a substitute for sherry vinegar?

    13 . Dec . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use any other type of vinegar that you like πŸ™‚ Much love

      13 . Dec . 2022
  4. Nettie

    5 stars
    I made this ton8ght and my dad I enjoyed it, it was delicious πŸ˜‹ thank you !!

    13 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      15 . Nov . 2022
  5. Tina Marie

    5 stars
    What a delicious dish! It is also as easy to make as you made it look, too. I would suggest sorting the lentils before rinsing them, though, as they often contain small stones and other debris (just like any other legume) Thank you for another great recipe!

    22 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Tina! Much love πŸ™‚

      24 . Oct . 2022
  6. Lee Anna

    Hi Albert. I am going to make this very soon. It is very difficult for me to cut up a fresh pumpkin so I would like to know if you would please tell me how to make it using canned pumpkin? Thanks so much.

    10 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      If the canned pumpkin is uncooked and cut into pieces, just use the same as I did πŸ™‚ Much love

      11 . Oct . 2022
  7. Amar

    I substituted the squash for potatoes πŸ₯”! Let’s see if it’s equally as delicious – smells amazing at the moment !

    04 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚ Much love

      05 . Oct . 2022
  8. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spanish lentil stew with pumpkin before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    03 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment Ramya! Much love πŸ™‚

      05 . Oct . 2022

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