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Spiced Vegetable Stew

November 29, 2023

This tasty vegetarian spiced stew is packed with hearty vegetables and a rich broth seasoned with turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin- and is sure to warm you up, even on the coldest of days.


Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew with sweet potato, kale and chickpeas

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You asked for more vegetarian dinner ideas and we listened! This tasty vegetarian spiced stew is packed with hearty vegetables and a rich broth seasoned with turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin- and is sure to warm you up, even on the coldest of days.

We’re all looking for those magical meals that are as simple to make as they are delicious. We promise this is one of those dishes. In the winter it’s all about those one-pot wonders. And before you say you can’t eat yet another meal that comes from a pot, allow me to get you excited again with this delicious vegetarian soup.

Miles from boring and far from anything you’ve been eating all winter, this warmly-spiced and hearty vegetable stew is an exciting take on one-pot dinners and checks all our boxes;

Flavorful, healthy, minimal effort required. Check, check, check.

Let’s get cooking.

Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew on a ladle with kale and sweet potatoes
ingredients laid out 2 cans tomatoes spices, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, kale broth and onions.

What’s the Spice in Spiced Vegetable Stew?

Spice is important in any soup or stew, but in this case, it’s what takes this vegetarian stew over the top. In the vein of many Moroccan dishes, our stew uses cinnamon, turmeric, and cumin to give it its robust and memorable flavor. When spice is the showcase of your dish, the quality really matters and for that reason we love working with Simply Organic’s spices as they are so fresh and rich in flavor (a little goes a long way!).

garlic and onion sautéed in a soup pot
chickpeas, sweet potatoes, broth in a pot
Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew in pot
Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew 5

How Do You Make a Vegetable Stew?

Unlike our Classic Beef Stew which requires many involved steps and plenty of time, this hearty vegetable stew can come together in 30 minutes and with minimal effort. Here’s how we do it:

  1. Give your onions and garlic a good saute with some olive oil. This step should never be missed. Cooking aromatics in fat prior to adding them to a large pot of liquid helps give this vegetable stew a more balanced, slightly sweeter flavor. It’s science, so you can trust us on this one.
  2. Add your spices into the hot pot and stir until they’re fragrant. This really makes the spices come alive and provides for brighter, fresher flavor in your finished dish.
  3. Add in your broth and all the veggies to the pot. Stir everything together and let it simmer.
  4. Finally, once the soup is ready to go add in the kale. We save this for last to keep the kale from completely wilting and turning to mush during the simmering process. Once the kale is added, cook your vegetable stew for an additional five minutes and then serve with a piece of warm bread naan (our fave!).
Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew with kale chickpeas and sweet potato

How Do You Thicken Vegetable Stew?

With Beef Stew the fat from the beef and potatoes will naturally thicken the broth over time, even without adding flour or cornstarch. However, with this quick and simple vegetable stew you have neither the time needed for thickening nor the rendered fat...but don’t worry! We’ve got a plan. Slightly overcook your sweet potatoes and, using the back of a spoon, smash a couple of them in the your pot of vegetable stew and stir them in. This will give the broth a slightly thicker consistency and make for one incredible vegetarian stew.

vegetable stew in a bowl with spices cinnamon, turmeric and cumin

Is Vegetable Stew Healthy?

Because this vegetarian stew is loaded with vegetables, we can safely say that it makes for one very healthy meal. Even better, the Simply Organic turmeric and cinnamon spices we use to flavor this dish hold anti inflammatory properties that make it even more beneficial than your standard vegetable stew.

What Do You Put in a Stew?

Stew is typically a dish consisting of meat and vegetables slowly simmered over a long period of time. However, we’re all for breaking rules, which is why we’ve left the meat out entirely and added a few of our favorites to this vegetarian stew. It’s so thick and tasty, we promise you won’t miss the meat one bit.

We’ve used:

  • Chickpeas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Vegetable broth
  • Ginger
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew in a bowl with sweet potatoes, and kale

But, Where’s the Beef?

Worried you’ll miss the meat in this spiced vegetarian stew? Don’t be. This vegetable-based dish is still loaded with protein thanks to the chickpeas and kale and hearty as can be with the addition of yummy sweet potatoes. Plus, don’t forget the fire roasted tomatoes and warm, Moroccan-inspired spices. Put it all together and you’ve got a completely meat-free dish that we guarantee will please even the biggest carnivore. This spiced vegetarian stew is a great way to ease into incorporating more meatless meals into your family’s weeknight dinner routine, something we’ve been working hard to do ourselves.

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Warm Spiced Vegetarian Vegetable Stew in a bowl with a spoon and pita bread

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Three Cheers For Veggie Stew.

If you make this spiced vegetable stew and fall as in love with this hearty and slurpable dish as we have, we’d love to hear about it! Post a picture to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can celebrate your dinner win along with you. Happy eating!

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Spiced Vegetable Stew

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  35 min
  • Calories: 306


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Organic ground cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fire roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 cups packed stemmed and roughly torn curly kale

For Serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, add the onions and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the cinnamon, turmeric, and cumin and cook, stirring, until the spices are fragrant, another 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Add the vegetable stock, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chickpeas, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Stir in the kale. Cook until slightly wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Serve warm topped with yogurt, red pepper flakes, and/or parsley, as desired.

Note: The vegetable stew keeps well in the freezer for up to one month. When you’re ready to eat the soup, defrost it in the fridge overnight, heat on the stove or microwave, and enjoy!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories306
  • Protein9 g
  • Carbohydrates51 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber12 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium841 mg
  • Total Sugars5 g

Spiced Vegetable Stew

Questions & Reviews

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  • Emily

    Once broth, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes are added are you supposed to bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes?

    You can just leave it on medium heat or you can boil and simmer if you prefer that way.

  • Courtney

    This recipe was amazing! Made it with sweet potatoes, kale, tomatoes, and garlic from our garden. Will definitely be a staple.

    Thanks Courtney, so glad you all enjoyed it! How fun to get to use so much from your garden!

  • Rachel

    I enjoyed this recipe a lot! It is a great pantry staple and feels tweakable based on what I have or what sounds good.

    Thanks Rachel!!