The first thing my wife said when she tasted this dish is, "It tastes like beef stew." Little did she know that's exactly what it's supposed to taste like, proving this recipe can easily replace the well-loved traditional version. All the hearty, comforting flavor of a thick beef stew minus any red meat.
It takes awhile to pull this together, as you want to leave plenty of time to let the red wine cook down, and then let the stock thicken into a dense sauce. So this dish is great for cooking on a Sunday and having as leftovers throughout the week. We tried it drizzled over roasted vegetables and then again with mashed potatoes. We loved both versions.
This recipe is adapted from one that appeared on How Stuff Works.

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Cook time: 30 minutes 

Total time: 45 minutes 

Yield: 4-6 servings

Mushroom Lentil Bourguignon


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups button, brown or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown lentils
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and saute them until they soften, about 3 minutes. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and mushrooms and cook the mixture until the mushrooms soften and begin to brown.
  2. Add the lentils and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the wine. Continue to cook for 7-10 minutes, or until the wine has almost cooked off.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to evenly blend it in. Add in the vegetable stock and tomato paste.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick and dark and the mushrooms are tender. You can adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding in stock to thin it.
  5. While the mixture is simmering, drizzle a small skillet with olive oil and place it over medium-high heat. Add in the pearl onions and saute them until they are soft and begin to brown. Add them into the mushroom mixture, give everything a stir, and taste to adjust salt and pepper seasoning.
  6. Serve the bourguignon hot with creamy mashed potatoes, or over roasted vegetables. Enjoy!

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