This one-pot vegan stew is full of flavor with red wine and herbs and is ready in 30 minutes. It makes for a great vegan or vegetarian meal or side dish. Serve it with quinoa and you have a perfect protein.
I first developed this recipe during the winter holiday season. Needless to say I spend a lot of time cooking during that time of year, and a lot of eating. . . a lot of eating of rich, starchy and sweet foods. After I while, I start craving something savory and nutritious that does not take hours in the kitchen. This vegan chickpea stew fits the bill very well.
Chickpea Stew Ingredients
One of my favorite ingredients to use in almost any recipe, savory or sweet, is wine. I love the tang that it gives to a dish, especially red wine. It is also a great flavor enhancer for dishes with tomato.
The recipe calls for fresh garlic and sliced onion. If you want to make this recipe even easier, use 1/2 tsp of granulated onion and 1/4 tsp of granulated garlic instead. I always like to offer an easier way to make a recipe for those of us who might not have those precious extra minutes to spend chopping.
You may be surprised to see lemon juice and agave in this recipe. But both of these ingredients and excellent flavor enhancers. They will both add another layer of flavor and bring out the flavors of the tomato and spices.
If you are super-motivated to make everything fresh, feel free to cook up your own chickpeas. I like cooking them in the slow cooker. Otherwise, canned chickpeas make this recipe go much faster. Just be sure to drain the liquid and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly will cold water.
Low-Sodium Vegetarian Broth – If you ask, me, there is only one good tasting vegan broth. Imagine “No Chicken” broth has the best flavor of any vegan broth I have tried. I highly recommend using it for this vegan chickpea stew.
One-Pot Vegan Chickpea Stew
- 1/2 onion thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced (or more if you like garlic)
- 2 Tbs cumin
- 2 Tbs tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp dried red chili flakes
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 c red wine
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth*
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2-15 oz cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 2 tsp agave syrup agave syrup substitute
- 3 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 c chopped walnuts
- In a medium saucepan over a medium flame, sauté the onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sauté an additional 30 seconds. Keep the pan moving so as not to burn the garlic.
- Stir in the cumin, thyme and chili flakes.
- Switch to a whisk to stir in the tomato paste.
- Turn the flame up to high and add the wine. Scrape up any bits stuck to the pan (this is called deglazing).
- When the wine is almost evaporated add the broth and bay leaves.
- Stir well, reduce the flame and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the chick peas and agave and simmer on low for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
- To finish, stir in the lemon juice and parsley and serve over quinoa topped with chopped walnuts.