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lentils cacciatore with red pepper slices, tomatoes, carrots, and capers.

one-pot lentils cacciatore

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Lentils cacciatore is a one-pot, cozy sauce with deep flavors for a comforting plant-based meal using ingredients you likely already have on hand.



  • 1 medium shallot, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into half-moons
  • 2 large carrots, diced into small (1/4-inch) cubes)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise into thin strips
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
  • ¼ cup of capers
  • 1 Tbsp. rosemary
  • 12 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste (tomato puree)
  • ½ cup red wine or broth
  • 1 15-oz. (400 gm.) can of cherry or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup of red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • Pasta or rice for 6 servings


  1. Gather all the necessary ingredients.
  2. Preheat a pot to medium, then add the shallots, carrots, and red pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Add the garlic, capers, rosemary, chili flakes (if using), and tomato paste. Stir everything and allow the tomato paste to cook down for a minute.
  4. Deglaze the pot using the red wine. Be sure to use a spoon to pick up the caramelized pieces of veggies and the tomato paste from the bottom.
  5. Add the tomatoes. If using cherry tomatoes, use the back of a spoon to break them apart. Allow the tomatoes to cook for 5 minutes until they start to reduce and concentrate.
  6. If you are serving this with pasta or rice, start that now.
  7. Add the lentils and water. Give the pot a quick stir. Be sure the lentils are simmering and cook for 15 minutes or until they are tender and the liquid has dissipated. Stir the pot occasionally, and be careful not to let the bottom burn. Add more liquid if necessary.
  8. Serve with pasta (you can mix that right in the pot if you choose) or rice.


  • Nutritional information is for the sauce only.
  • If you prefer not to use wine, use vegetable broth or water with ½ a teaspoon of soy sauce or vegan Worcestershire for added flavor.
  • You can substitute the shallots for either a small red or yellow onion.
  • Capers add a lemony, olive-like, and salty flavor. You could add green olives (or black) or use them as a substitution. We chose to not add olives to keep the fat level at a minimum.
  • Canned tomatoes will yield a more concentrated flavor than fresh. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, use 2 cups of chopped tomatoes and increase the tomato paste to at least 4 tablespoons.
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Cuisine: plant-based

Keywords: lentils cacciatore

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