Cozy Vegan Stew with Mushrooms

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This Cozy Vegan Stew is the perfect one-pot vegan dinner. Hearty mushrooms, chunky vegetables, and tender potatoes simmered in a thick and creamy red wine broth. Vegan, One Pot, Gluten-Free Option.

This Vegan Stew is guaranteed to be one of your favorite vegan stews to make every year as the seasons change. Fork tender gold potatoes, chunks of mushrooms and sweet carrots stewed in the richest plant-based broth. Once you try a bite of this goodness, you’ll be ready to put this recipe on repeat. Not to mention, it’s also freezer friendly!

Table of Contents
  1. A Hearty Winter Favorite
  2. Ingredients for Vegan Stew
  3. How to Make Vegan Vegetable Stew
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. How to Store Vegan Stew
  6. Substitutions and Variations
  7. Recipe FAQs:
  8. Cozy Vegan Stew with Mushrooms Recipe
Cozy vegan stew in white bowl on stone countertop with white linen on the side

A Hearty Winter Favorite

Once the weather cools down, I’m all about curling up with vegan soups and stews. Extra bonus points when they’re packed with nutritious vegetables and meaty plant-based flavor that keeps me feeling satisfied all evening long. 

While I have many hearty, meat-like stews on the blog (check out my Easy Vegan Chili and Cozy White Bean Stew), I wanted this easy weeknight dish to be reminiscent of a vegan beef stew or pot roast. And after much recipe testing, I’ve combined the perfect ratio of chewy cremini mushrooms, imitation “beef” broth, and hearty chunks of tender potatoes for a meal to remember. 

 If you love my other vegan mushroom recipes, you’ll love this soul-nourishing vegetable stew! 

Ingredients for Vegan Stew

Just like my other popular vegetable stew recipes, you’ll need just a few basic components to make this veggie stew:

Ingredients for vegan stew on kitchen countertop. Clockwise text labels read smoked paprika, pepper, potatoes, oil, onion, red wine, garlic, flour, vegan beef broth, mushrooms, bay leaf, thyme, tomato paste, carrot, and celery
  • Mirepoix: A classic trio of yellow onion, celery, and carrots creates a flavorful foundation. 
  • Tomato paste: Toasted alongside the mirepoix to create a rich, well-bodied base for the red wine broth. 
  • Mushrooms: These hearty vegetables are the source of the “beef-like” texture in this stew. For the best umami flavor, I recommend cremini mushrooms, or other brown mushrooms, such as shiitake or portobello mushrooms. White button mushrooms are better suited for lighter dishes. 
  • Flour: Helps to thicken the stew and makes the broth extra rich and luxurious. 
  • Spices and herbs: I use a blend of smoked paprika, freshly ground black pepper, a bay leaf, and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. If you’re in a pinch, a teaspoon of dried thyme will do the trick. 
  • Red wine: I recommend a dry red wine, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Both will complement the smooth texture of the broth and add rich flavor.
  • Potatoes: Use thin-skinned potatoes such as Yukon gold here. They’ve got the best creamy, buttery texture and will help thicken the stew as they simmer. Plus, they don’t require any peeling! 
  • Broth: For the best, authentic hearty vegan stew, use a vegan beef-flavored vegetable broth. These broths are more savory than your standard veggie broth and will make a huge difference in flavor. 

How to Make Vegan Vegetable Stew

Side-by-side photos of cooked vegan stew in a dutch oven, one far away and the other a close-up of a ladle

  1. Sauté onions until translucent and slightly golden. Add the tomato paste, carrots, celery, and mushrooms and cook until edges are seared.
  2. Stir in the flour and spices. ​Deglaze the pot with red wine, scraping the bottom of the pot to get the browned bits into the broth.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve while warm as is, or with fresh parsley and additional toppings of choice.

Caitlin’s Cooking Tips

  • Sauté the mushrooms for a minimum of 5 full minutes. This helps the mushrooms to release moisture and develop a rich, concentrated flavor. Shortening this step will reduce the intensity of flavor and take away from the final taste of this vegan mushroom stew! 
  • Use a large pot or heavy-bottomed dutch oven. ​For ample space, use a pot that can comfortably hold 5 to 6 quarts of liquid for this vegetable stew.

Serving Suggestions

Aside from a hunk of crusty bread, this hearty vegetable stew is best served with simple sides such as this Everyday Kale Salad, Vegan Cornbread, or 15-Minute Garlic Green Beans. If you’re craving an extra boost of vegan protein, serve with a side of this Smoky Marinated Tofu or Baked Tempeh

If you’re looking for more vegan soups and stews, you’ll also love this Vegan Zuppa Toscana, Classic Lentil Soup, and this Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (Vegan).

hands holding bowl of vegan stew with glasses of red wine and another bowl of stew in the background

How to Store Vegan Stew

For optimal freshness, leftover vegan stew will keep best in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If freezing in a glass jar, leave room at the top of the jar for liquid expansion. 

The next day, reheat leftover stew in a microwave safe bowl or in a pot over medium heat until warm.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Gluten-free option: Swap the all-purpose flour for equal parts of a gluten-free flour blend or brown rice flour.
  • Oil-free option: Replace the avocado oil or olive oil with a splash of vegetable broth or water. Add additional broth as needed to deglaze the pan and prevent sticking. 
  • Red wine substitutions: If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, replace the wine with 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar and ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons vegan beef broth.
  • Broth: Vegetable broth will work as a replacement for the vegan beef broth, but I’d recommend adding a small splash of soy sauce or tamari to taste to replace the salty, umami flavor in vegan beef broth.
Bowl of vegan stew on wood cutting board with white linen on the side

Recipe FAQs:

How can I thicken up my stew?

Using flour and potatoes in vegetable stew helps make it thick and creamy, however, if you’d like to make your stew even thicker, stir in a cornstarch slurry made of 1 tablespoon cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons water and simmer until your desired consistency is reached. Keep in mind that this hearty stew will thicken even further as it cools.

How do you chop potatoes for stew?

When making stew, it is best to chop potatoes into larger, ¾”-1” chunks. If using yukon gold potatoes like I did, cutting them into quarters works well.

Should I peel potatoes for stew?

If you are using Yukon gold potatoes, no need. These potatoes have a thin skin that does not require peeling. If you do substitute thicker skinned potatoes like russet potatoes, peeling is recommended.

What beef stock is vegan?

My go-to “no beef” broths are by Better than Bouillon and Edward & Sons. Both are also gluten-free friendly and great for vegan stews and soups.

Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot or slow cooker?

I haven’t tested an Instant Pot or slow cooker version of this hearty vegan beef stew recipe, but you might like these similar Instant Pot recipes: Quick Vegan Minestrone Soup, Instant Pot Potato Spinach Soup, or this Instant Pot Black Bean Soup.

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Bowl of vegan stew on wood cutting board with white linen on the side

Cozy Vegan Stew with Mushrooms

5 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
This Cozy Vegan Stew is the perfect one-pot vegan dinner to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Hearty mushrooms, tender veggies, and chunks of potato simmered in a thick and creamy red wine broth. Vegan, One Pot, Gluten-Free Option.

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

  • Aromatics: Warm the oil over medium-high in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion once warm and sauté for 3 minutes, until translucent and slightly golden. Stir the tomato paste in with the onion and fry for 1 minute. Then, add in the carrot, celery, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring only every 1 to 2 minutes or to get seared edges. 
  • Spices: Add the flour, smoked paprika, black pepper, and garlic to the pot and stir well. Sauté for 1 minute, then add in the thyme and bay leaf. Deglaze the pot with red wine and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pot to get the browned bits (aka flavor!) into the broth. 
  • Broth: Add the potatoes, broth and water to the pot, cover, and bring to a  boil over medium-high heat. Uncover the pot, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The stew is done once the potatoes are fork-tender and the broth has reduced and thickened. If the stew gets too thick for your liking, thin it out with additional broth or water. 
  • Serve: Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve warm; leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in an airtight jar or container in the freezer for up to two months.

Recipe Notes

  • Mushrooms: my mushrooms were on the smaller side, so I only cut them in half, but if yours are larger you can quarter them too. You can also use a variety of mushrooms here if you’d like – shiitake or oyster mushrooms would be great.
  • Flour: sub the flour for equal parts of a gluten-free flour blend or brown rice flour.
  • Wine: I used a merlot for this recipe. If you do not cook with alcohol, replace the wine with 2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vinegar + the remaining liquid with vegetable broth

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 370mgPotassium: 835mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5422IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: cozy vegan soup, vegan beef stew, vegan mushroom stew, vegan stew
Course: Main
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this – absolutely wonderful – even better a couple days later. No need to use oil! Sauté onions in a little veggie broth. Didn’t feel it needed any salt.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! It was the perfect cozy dinner for a cold January night. I used baby bella mushrooms and white buttom mushrooms because that what was available in my grocery store and it worked perfectly!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this and it was the perfect cozy dinner! I used bella mushrooms and white mushrooms because that is what I had on hand it still came out delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    delicious.. iadded kitchen bouqeut, and a bit of nooch.
    my potatoes werent diced small enough and were a bit hard, but overall delicious.
    will make again for sure.
    swapped out kitchen bouq, for 1 T of the tamari.

  5. 5 stars
    This is the perfect cozy stew that has a beef stew taste to it! I always add a can of pinto beans to add protein and I have a favorite memory of eating it out of a thermos in Yellowstone National Park! It’s the cozy soup that everyone loves!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this following the recipe exactly. (I’m a terrible cook). This came out so flavorful, we loved it Thank you for the delicious meal!

  7. 5 stars
    Very delicious! Very close to the beef stew I remember growing up. Warm, cozy, and filling. The only thing I did differently is added some soaked/ rinsed green lentils to up the protein!

  8. 5 stars
    This is such a tasty and hearty meal. I didn’t have the beef flavored bouillon available so I just made it with vegetable broth. It was super delicious this way. I can imagine with the beef flavored brought it would be even better.

      1. I made this, it was so easy and delicious. I used less mushrooms because it seemed like just a LOT of mushrooms, could probably do less carrot next time too. I used mushrooms soup stock which made it dark and rich. It turned out perfect in the promised amount of time.

  9. 5 stars
    This is the most comforting stew. It’s rich and just feels like something you want to eat curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold evening.

    1. 5 stars
      Tried this on a cold April night out here in Ontario Canada and let me tell you. It was incredible. So hearty, so filling and incredibly cozy. I used balsamic instead of red wine (thank you for the alcohol free suggestion!). I added some dried mushrooms + their broth and a half tsp of rosemary. It was comfort in a bowl and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

      1. 5 stars
        This was so good! Hearty and delicious. The gravy is amazing dipped in bread. I omitted the mushrooms and added big chunks of butternut squash and parsnip. I’m going to try it with chick’n broth and white wine or balsamic next. Yum! Thank you for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so good! I didn’t use mushrooms or celery and threw some rehydrated soy curls in there when adding the potatoes and also added some frozen peas about 5 min from being done. I added about 3/4 to 1 cup more broth to account for the soy curls soaking up some.

  11. 5 stars
    This is so good! Reminds me of an old fashioned beef stew, except it is full of tasty vegetables. Added a few parsnips and peas at the end. Will make this again for sure. It is a cold snowy day in Toronto Canada and this was the perfect dinner. Just love these cozy recipes! Thanks Caitlin!

  12. 5 stars
    Super yummy! I added a couple hand fulls of pasta because carbs are my jam and I wanted a thicker broth tonight. This is definitely my favorite soup that imitates a “beef” stew

  13. Thank you for this delicious recipe. This was a classic staple as a kid. I decided to add some TVP and green beans. A slice of bread and vg butter and I was a child again. I’ll be making this again over the cold Midwest winter.