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Vegan French Onion Stew

Vegan French Onion Stew | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe

This hearty Vegan French Onion Stew is packed with plant-based flavor, and also doubles as a gravy!

Today is the next recipe in my #WellandFullThanksgiving series! This Vegan French Onion Stew is INSANELY good. It absolutely amazes me how flavorful it is – the caramelized onions are so savory and umami. But what I love most of all is that this stew can be also used as a gravy on top of my vegan mashed cauliflower or millet stuffing!! The mashed cauliflower especially is such a fantastic flavor combination, I highly recommend giving it a try!

I’ve been having a little bit of writer’s block when it comes to what I’d like to share here on the blog. Well, that’s not entirely true – it’s not really writer’s block, it’s more of a desire to not sound like a downer! I’ve had one bad circumstance after another occur in my life over the past year, and there’s unfortunately not a lot of positivity to share.

When I first started blogging, I shared a lot of my life in every post. I remember during the time, I felt like I was always coming to realizations and learning things about life. But now, I don’t feel that I’m learning anything (other than that bad things will always happen to you when you least expect it). I think that I’m still so close to everything that happened that I haven’t had time to learn or grow from it all. Once I do, I’ll be sure to share my lessons. But I will need to put some distance between me and this past year before I can do that.

So for now, please accept the recipes! It means so much to me to have cooking as a creative and therapeutic outlet. I love developing recipes to share here, and it’s so awesome seeing people tag me in their creations on Instagram. Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving recipes this week and next! :)

Vegan French Onion Stew | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe

5 from 4 votes

Vegan French Onion Stew

This vegan French onion stew is packed with savory, plant-based flavor! This also doubles as a delicious gravy for Thanksgiving!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 Medium Red Onions cut in half and sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion cut in half and sliced
  • Neutral Vegetable Oil for sauté
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Cup French or Green Lentils
  • 6 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Thyme
  • Generous Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste


  1. Add some neutral vegetable oil to a large pot and bring to medium-low heat. Add in the sliced onions and cook down for about 30 minutes, covered. Stir occasionally until onions are soft and caramelized. Be careful not to burn your onions!

  2. Then, add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Then add in all other ingredients and simmer for about 30-45 minutes, uncovered, until lentils are fully soft.

  4. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary. I added more salt to really bring out the flavor!

  5. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This stew is delicious on its own, but it's also super tasty when used as gravy on top of my mashed cauliflower!

Vegan French Onion Stew | Well and Full | #healthy #vegan #recipe


If you make this Vegan French Lentil Stew and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)


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    November 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Yummy! Sounds delicious! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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      November 13, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Julissa! I was happy to share this recipe :)

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    November 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Onion soup with lentils—how cool :D I remember having issues with onion soup not being hearty enough for cold winter nights-and I ended up throwing a bunch of pinto beans in it ;) so obviously I will have to try out your version too.

    Don’t worry about writer’s block, it will go away on its own at one point. You can’t rush it anyway, so why worry?
    Sending lots of hugs :)))

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      November 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Ooh pinto beans sound really good in French Onion soup too! I’ll have to try that one out :) Hugs, Katya!!

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        November 15, 2018 at 3:12 am

        To be perfectly honest, I only chose pinto beans because I had them in my fridge but the combination was really neat. You wouldn’t want black beans in your onion soup, would ya? ;) I’m weirdly obsessed with the fact that foods must have a nice colour scheme, so either they must match in colour (like your onion soup and lentils), or they must be in contrasting colours (like, dunno, kale and cranberry).

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          November 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

          I do a similar thing with whatever beans I have on hand too ;) And thank you for your kind words about the photos! I try to have enough colors in my photos so that it’s pleasing to look at, whether it’s from the food itself or from the bowls and napkins :)

          • Katya
            November 16, 2018 at 6:06 am

            I’ve always loved the way your photograph food! Top-notch! :))) A good food photo is guaranteed to make me lust after this particular dish :)

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    November 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Sarah
    I’m sorry things have been tough! Your strength (as I know it) is in your great blog and recipes! I am saving these Thanksgiving recipes for my Christmas dinner! I have so loved the many recipes I have tried since discovering you!
    😊 thank you

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      November 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Renee, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve liked the recipes you’ve tried, and I hope you like this one too :)

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    December 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit in our house. Thank you for the recipe!

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      December 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that!! This was one of my favorite recipes to develop :) Thanks so much for leaving a note!

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    January 3, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I’m making this tonight but adding sliced mushrooms for a heartier soup for my non vegan, male friend.

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      January 3, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Mushrooms sound like a delicious addition! :) I hope you like the recipe!

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    January 28, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for sharing! Incredibly delicious! It’s now my favourite way to cook lentils. I’ve used French ones, and added a bit of barley, mushrooms and kale. Yum :)

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      January 28, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hi Lidiia, I’m so glad to hear you like this recipe! This is one of my favorite ways to cook lentils too :) Thanks so much for leaving a note!

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    February 14, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    So beautiful, and delicious! The whole family LOVED this soup. Very easy to make as well! Thank you for sharing!

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      February 15, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Stephanie, I’m so glad to hear you liked this recipe! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a note, I really appreciate it :)

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    February 28, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Thnaks for the great recipe, can check how many sèrvings this makes?

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      February 28, 2019 at 7:51 am

      Hi Tom, I’m so sorry that the serving size is not showing, there is an issue with my recipe plugin that I am working to resolve. The stew should serve 3-4 :)

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        February 28, 2019 at 8:43 am

        No problem at all!
        Thank you so much :)

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