Home » Entrées » The Ultimate Vegetarian Stew

The Ultimate Vegetarian Stew

This post may contain affiliate links, and we receive an affiliate commission for any purchases made by you using these links. We appreciate your support!

A cozy and comforting Vegetarian Stew recipe filled with rich flavors and a silky-smooth texture. Gluten-free and vegan!

a bowl filled with hearty vegetarian stew

I figured it was high time I share my favorite Vegetarian Stew recipe! This hearty bowl of goodness has some nice tender chunks of veggies with a silky-smooth stew base I just know you are going to love!

a close up of carrots in a tan bowl of stew

📖 Features

  • Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.
  • Chunky and smooth all the same!
  • Salty, sweet, and zesty.
  • Super easy to make.
  • Makes great leftovers or meal prep food.
a side shot of a bowl of stew topped with green sprouts

🥘 Ingredient Notes

Chunky veggies: What’s a stew without a bit of chunk? We’re using carrots and sweet potatoes here as the base, but feel free to swap out for your favorite chunks of vegetables.

Spices: The savory spice blend used in this stew recipe really complements a variety of vegetables and pairs perfectly with our secret ingredient (below!).

Dijon Mustard: Yes, mustard! Conventional stews tend to use vinegar but I find swapping the vinegar for mustard to add a nice dash of additional flavor that is positively zesty and delicious in this veggie stew.

Tapioca starch: This is what adds that thickened texture that sets stews apart from soups! It can be swapped out for your starch of choice in a pinch.

For full ingredients list and instructions, see the recipe card towards the bottom of this post.

a bowl of silky hot stew

🔪 How-to Make Vegan Stew

Step 1: Sauté onion and garlic.

Step 2: Add spices, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and broth/water

Step 3: Simmer.

Step 4: Stir in tapioca starch/water and mustard.

Step 5: Simmer a bit longer.

Step 6: Salt to taste and enjoy!

💭 Tips, Tricks, and FAQ

Why tapioca starch?

Tapioca starch helps thicken the texture of this vegetable stew recipe, giving it that “stew-like” feel! Any starch can be used to replace the tapioca variety in this recipe. Corn starch and arrowroot are my two favorite replacements.

Let it thicken.

This dish will continue to thicken as it cools, so do not be concerned if it is still soup-like when you pull it off the stove.

Add protein.

If you want to add additional heartiness to this veg stew, tofu or tempeh can be added for the last 5 minutes of cooking time!

Do you like spice?

Add a pinch of red chili flakes if you like your comfort food on the spicy side.

a spoon in a bowl of vegan stew topped with sprouts

🥣 How to Serve Vegetarian Stew

  • On its own (it’s perfectly delicious as is!).
  • Serve over rice or quinoa.
  • Topped with fresh herbs or sprouts.
  • Serve with crusty bread, pita bread, or naan.
  • With crushed crackers or tortilla chips.
  • A sprinkle of cheese, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
a hand holding a bowl of thick red stew

♨️ How to Store and Reheat

Fridge: This leftover stew keeps in air-tight containers in the refrigerator for up to one week. To reheat simply heat on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed throughout.

Freezer: Store in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 months. To reheat, you can let it thaw mostly before reheating over medium heat. Or you can heat it frozen over low heat until warmed throughout.

a dark moody shot of a ceramic bowl filled with chunky stew

🍲 More Comforting Recipes You Might Enjoy

Jackfruit Chili 

What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes (Vegetarian)

Eggplant Curry

Sweet Potato Soup

a bowl and a pot of stew with a wooden ladle

Vegetarian Stew Recipe

A cozy and comforting Vegetarian Stew recipe filled with rich flavors and a silky-smooth texture. Gluten-free and vegan!
4.98 from 68 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizers, Entrées, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 sweet potatoes chopped into 1" cubes
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup baby carrots or 1 cup roughly chopped regular carrots
  • 1 bay leaf dried
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika make sure it's the smoked variety!
  • 5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch mixed into 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat add oil, onion and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes or until onions are beginning to caramelize a little.
  • Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, bay leaf, rosemary, oregano, thyme, paprika and vegetable broth/water. Turn heat to high, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer (med-low). Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add tapioca starch/water mixture and mustard. Mix well and simmer 5 minutes longer or until thickened slightly (it will continue thicken when the heat is turned off).
  • Turn off heat, salt to taste, serve and enjoy!


Please refer to the full post above for tips, tricks, step-by-step process photos and more!
Are you a super-fan of cozy soups, stews and chilis?? Follow our Vegetarian Soups, Stews, Chili and Chowders Pinterest Board for recipe inspiration!
You might also like 40 Nourishing 30-Minute Vegetarian Meals (Gluten-Free).


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 19067IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Recommended Products

Tapioca Starch
Dijon Mustard
Diced Tomatoes
Have you tried this recipe?Please Rate + Comment Below!
Watch Our Latest VideosFollow us on YouTube!
Mention on Instagram!@moon.and.spoon.and.yum

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating



  1. 5 stars
    This is lovely. Would love to try these. The appearance reminded me of Japanese curry. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    I love loaded veggie stews and this one is so good! Love the addition of smoked paprika!

  3. 5 stars
    Perfect dinner for these cold winter nights…and love that’s it’s vegetarian too!

  4. 5 stars
    This stew was wonderful! It made the perfect meatless Monday meal. Will make it again for sure!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe for the colder weather, and so full of flavour. Really enjoying it!

  6. 5 stars
    This is absolutely deilcious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a delicious dinner, the combination of all the herbs add a lot of flavor! With some crusty bread, this would be perfect!

  8. 5 stars
    This was fantastic and we never add meat to anything so it was perfect for us!

  9. 5 stars
    Such a hearty stew! I had no trouble convincing my meat-loving husband that this vegetarian stew would be equally as satisfying – delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! We are working on eating less meat for 2022 so this is a perfect way to get started.

  11. 5 stars
    I have family visiting at Christmas and some of them are on a gluten free diet. I love that I can make this hearty stew for dinner as it is perfect for a chilly night leading up to the holidays.

  12. 5 stars
    Healthy and delicious stew – what else to wish for at this time of the year, huh? I love all the ingredients that yuo are using here!

  13. 5 stars
    I love sweet potatoes and this is the perfect comfort stew for this weather. Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    I loved this stew! So flavor-packed. I made a huge batch and froze it in portions to have as a convenient dinner! Thanks for the recipe!