This easy vegan bean stew with chickpeas adapted from grandma's traditional recipe is a delicious and very healthy one-pot soup for every day! This savory stew is naturally gluten-free, nutrient-rich, high in protein, low-fat, and super filling thanks to all the fiber!
*Note: Check out the recipe video + step-by-step pictures above!
Heat some oil in a large pot and sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Then add the celery, carrots, potatoes and bell peppers and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Now add tomato paste, Italian herbs, paprika powder, salt and black pepper and sauté for a few seconds. Deglaze with red wine and boil down briefly. Then add vegetable broth, chopped tomatoes and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender, stirring halfway through.
Add the beans, chickpeas, parsley and spinach and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. (If you like, you can add smoked tofu cubes or sautéedvegan sausages or make some flatbreads for serving). Then remove the bay leaves, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Ladle the stew into bowls, garnish with some fresh parsley and serve with flatbread if desired.
Enjoy your meal!
The amount of salt varies depending on which vegetable broth you use or whether you add smoked tofu or vegan sausages. Therefore, it is better to start with less start and add more later if needed.
The celery root can also be replaced with celery stalks.
You can replace the white giant beans and chickpeas with any other beans you like. Cooked lentils are also a good alternative (see Grandma's lentil soup recipe).
The red wine provides a more intense flavor, a touch of acidity and gives a better taste. Alternatively, use more vegetable broth or apple or grape juice plus 2 tbsp red wine, apple cider or white vinegar.
The bean stew tastes even better the next day after the flavors have combined! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can also be frozen in portions for Meal Prep.
For more information on the recipe, read the blog post above.