Vegan Stew

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Vegan Stew is a hearty vegetarian soup recipe! Perfect for cold weather with lots of veggies. Gluten free made with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, and deep flavors. Ready in just 1 hour!
Top view of Vegan Stew in a brown bowl

This Vegan Stew is a perfect hearty meal without any meat products! Full of vegetables and ready in an hour for any cold day.

Top view of Vegan Stew in a brown bowl

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This Vegan Stew recipe gives you hearty, comforting flavors without any meat products.

Also gluten free and vegetarian, the vegetables shine in this soup with lots of flavor.

Homemade comfort food perfect for a cold night or when you are feeling sick.


These are the ingredients you need to make vegan stew:

  • Mushrooms (Crimini or White Button are great)
  • Carrots
  • Gold Potatoes
  • Yellow Onion
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Cornstarch (or flour)
  • Vegetable Broth/Stock
  • Tomato Paste
  • Red Wine (optional)
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Soy Sauce
  • Oil
  • Salt
All ingredients on a counter with labels


The equipment you need to make this recipe includes:

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Large Pot
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
Close view of the Vegan Stew with fresh parsley

Instruction Overview

Cook your onions, carrot, and celery to start softening them.

Then add the seasonings and tomato paste to develop the flavors.

Add the cornstarch and cook just a moment.

Add the liquid ingredients, scraping the bottom to get any bits that are stuck and then the remaining ingredients.

Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 45 minutes.

Modifications and Substitutions

Use any hearty mushroom you like. Crimini or white button are great options.

Red wine is completely optional but adds great acidity and depth.

You can use 3 Tablespoons of flour instead of the cornstarch (but will no longer be gluten free).

A spoon of Vegan Stew above a bowl

Kim’s Tips

This stew is thick and hearty. If you want it thinner, simply add a little more stock to get the consistency you want.

Serve it with bread, on mashed potatoes or pasta, or on its own!


What vegetables go well in stew?

Hearty vegetables work great, such as carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, and other root vegetables.

What is the secret to good stew?

The longer you can cook stew, the better! This gives flavors time to develop and build. Keep in mind any ingredients that could overcook.

Should stew be covered or uncovered?

Cooking with the lid off will let moisture evaporate and the stew will thicken.
Cooking covered will trap moisture inside and minimize thickening.
Do either one as desired based on how thick or thin you want it!

Why put tomato paste in beef stew?

Tomato paste brings a highly concentrated without too much liquid. It also is full of an umami flavor that is difficult to replicate with other tomato products.

Why do you add cornstarch to stew?

Cornstarch allows us to thicken the stew while still being gluten free.

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Top view of Vegan Stew in a brown bowl

Vegan Stew

Vegan Stew is a hearty vegetarian soup recipe! Perfect for cold weather with lots of veggies. Gluten free made with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, and deep flavors. Ready in just 1 hour!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Fall/Thanksgiving, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 284kcal




  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • When hot, add the onion, carrot, celery, salt, and black pepper.
    1 cup yellow onion, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup celery, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Cook until the vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic, tomato paste, thyme, and rosemary and cook another 3-4 minutes to develop flavors.
    8 ounces crimini mushrooms, 6 ounes tomato paste, 4 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Add the cornstarch and stir to distribute. Cook briefly, about 1 minute.
    1 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Add the wine and soy sauce. Stir to scrap up any bits on the bottom of the pot.
    2 Tablespoons soy sauce, ½ cup red wine
  • Add the bay leaves, potatoes, and vegetable stock. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a simmer.
    2 bay leaves, 1 pound gold potatoes, 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Once simmering, reduce heat to low and continue simmering until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves and serve warm.


Use more of any vegetable as desired.
Make it thinner if desired by adding more stock/broth.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1422mg | Potassium: 1049mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5885IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg

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By on January 30th, 2023

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