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Crispy bacon and fresh spring onion topping a portion of lentil stew.

Lentil stew with mushrooms and bacon

Italian lentil stew cooked with mushrooms and garlic and topped with crispy bacon. Brown lentils are cooked from dry in a mixture of vegetable stock and white wine for a delicious wintertime meal.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword brown lentil stew, lentil stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 790 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


  • 180 g brown lentils dried
  • 250 g button mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 spring onions
  • 125 ml white wine
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 140 g diced bacon


  1. Mince the garlic and slice the spring onions. Set aside about 1 tbsp of the sliced green part for later use.

  2. Warm up the oil in a pan. Add the minced garlic and sliced scallions and sauté on medium heat 2 minutes.

  3. Clean and slice the mushrooms. Add them to the pan and sweat until they release water, 4 minutes.

  4. Increase the heat to high and pour in the white wine, stirring to deglaze the pan. When almost evaporated, add the stock, thyme, salt and pepper. Let it come to a boil.

  5. When it boils lower the heat and stir in the lentils. Simmer on low heat with the lid on, leaving a small opening for some steam to escape. Cook for about 30 minutes stirring from time to time, until the lentils have absorbed all the liquid and are cooked through.

  6. Warm up a skillet and add the diced bacon. Cook it in its own fat on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, until crispy. Discard the excess fat and top the lentil stew with the crispy bacon bits, as well as the raw sliced spring onion you had reserved.

Recipe Notes

The nutrition information provided is only an estimate calculated on a suggested serving size.

Nutrition Facts
Lentil stew with mushrooms and bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 790 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 2619mg114%
Potassium 1371mg39%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 29g121%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 491IU10%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.