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Cacciatore

This Cacciatore is easy to make with only vegan ingredients like olives, mushrooms, and lentils, which create an amazing flavor and texture. Best of all, this vegetarian cacciatore recipe is super budget friendly, perfect for meal prep and family lunches or dinners.

Top view of a pan with the Lentil Cacciatore.

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Ingredients for making this vegetarian Cacciatore assembled on a wooden board.

What does Cacciatore mean?

This time, I am bringing you a different classic dish: Cacciatore. 

Translated from Italian this word means ‘hunter’. As a dish, one refers to a hunter-style meal that traditionally combines onions, tomatoes, a lot of vegetables – and meat. Chicken Cacciatore is something that you have probably have seen or heard before.

My recipe is a vegan version that substitutes the meat with lentils and mushrooms, but keeps all the flavors.

Fresh ingredients (mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, garlic) are shown before and after frying.

Why you need to make this vegetarian Cacciatore

Just like all of my recipes, this one is also really easy to prepare: many step-by-step pictures guide you through the preparation to the best result. 

Using canned lentils will save you time, but are also amazing for texture, and together with the other simple ingredients make this recipe really budget-friendly.

The result is packed with amazing flavors, satisfying, hearty, and filling.

Showing how tomato sauce and seasoning are mixed with the fried vegetables.

Here is what you need for Cacciatore recipe

  • Canned lentils
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper

 

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Capers
  • Garlic
  • Onion

 

  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Italian herbs
  • Thyme
  • Smoked paprika

Black olives and capers are the last ingredients to be mixed into the Cacciatore.

How to make Cacciatore

In a pot or casserole, heat olive oil. Add the diced onions and sliced garlic, and fry them for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.

Next, add the bell pepper, carrots, and mushrooms and continue frying them for 5 minutes. Then mix in the lentils, chopped tomatoes, tomato pasta, olives, capers. Season with smoked paprika, Italian herbs, thyme, salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Serve in bowls or on plates.

A full pan with the ready Cacciatore.

Tips and Tricks

Meal prep: you can make this way ahead to eat it during the week. It will last for around 5 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Storage in the freezer: this Cacciatore is also a great option for the freezer. Properly stored it will be fine for around 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it first, and then reheat only slowly.

Fresh cilantro is given over the Cacciatore dish.

Variations: It is delicious on its own, but also great served over rice or spaghetti.

Try different colorful bell peppers: green, red, yellow, orange.

For a more spicy version: add some chilis or chili powder according to your preferences.

Collage of two pictures of this Cacciatore with recipe title text.

If you give this Cacciatore a try, tag me on Instagram or Facebook with a picture so I can see all your remakes.

Cheers, Florian.

Top view of a pan with the Lentil Cacciatore.

Cacciatore

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Cacciatore is easy to make with only vegan ingredients like olives, mushrooms, and lentils, which create an amazing flavor and texture. Best of all, this vegetarian cacciatore recipe is super budget friendly, perfect for meal prep and family lunches or dinners.

Ingredients

  • 2x 15 oz cans lentil, drained
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2x 15 oz chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 oz capers, drained
  • 7 oz olives, drained and pitted
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 5 oz tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

  1. In a pot or casserole, heat olive oil. Add the diced onions and sliced garlic, and fry them for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
  2. Next, add the bell pepper, carrots, and mushrooms and continue frying them for 5 minutes. Then mix in the lentils, chopped tomatoes, tomato pasta, olives, capers. Season with smoked paprika, Italian herbs, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Serve in bowls or on plates.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 734mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g
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