Cozy Vegan Delight: Mushroom and Lentil Stew with Creamy Polenta – A Perfect Pairing with Malbec Wine

There’s nothing quite like a hearty, comforting meal to warm you up from the inside out. If you’re looking for a delicious vegan dish that’s perfect for these chilly evenings, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m excited to share with you a mouthwatering vegan recipe that not only satisfies your taste buds but also pairs exceptionally well with Malbec wine: Mushroom and Lentil Stew with Creamy Polenta.

This delectable, plant-based stew brings together earthy lentils and umami-rich mushrooms, complemented by the smoky notes of paprika and the subtle depth of Malbec wine. Served over a bed of velvety polenta, this dish is the epitome of comfort food. It’s a fantastic recipe for a cozy dinner, special occasions, or even just a quiet night in with a good book and a glass of wine.

Malbec, known for its bold flavors and smooth finish, is an ideal accompaniment to this rich and flavorful vegan stew. The wine’s fruity and spicy notes harmonize with the stew’s robust flavors, creating a truly satisfying culinary experience.

So grab your favorite bottle of Malbec, and let’s get cooking! This Mushroom and Lentil Stew with Creamy Polenta is sure to become a staple in your autumn and winter recipe rotation.



For the Mushroom and Lentil Stew:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Malbec wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

For the Creamy Polenta:

  • 1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (e.g., almond or soy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil


For the Mushroom and Lentil Stew:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, until softened and translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, until they release their moisture and start to brown.
  4. Stir in the lentils, vegetable broth, Malbec wine, tomato paste, smoked paprika, dried thyme, and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and season the stew with salt and black pepper to taste.

For the Creamy Polenta:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water or vegetable broth to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta and salt, stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook the polenta, stirring frequently, for about 20-30 minutes, or until it reaches a creamy consistency.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the nutritional yeast, plant-based milk, and vegan butter or olive oil. Adjust salt to taste.

To serve:

  1. Divide the creamy polenta among four serving plates or shallow bowls.
  2. Top each portion of polenta with a generous scoop of the mushroom and lentil stew.
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and enjoy with a glass of Malbec wine.

This vegan recipe is perfect for a cozy dinner or a special occasion and pairs wonderfully with the rich flavors of Malbec wine. Enjoy!