Tempeh au Vin


This recipe shows how easy it is to take a French culinary classic and make it veg. Red wine tenderizes tempeh cubes and adds rich flavor to a hearty stew. We’ve served it with spelt berries, a favorite whole grain in the south of France, but you could just as easily substitute rice, pasta, or your favorite whole grain.

  • 8Servings


  • 3 small leeks, white and light green parts cut into 1-inch-thick rounds (11/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 2 small onions, cut into chunks (11/2 cups)
  • 1 lb. white button mushrooms, halved (4 cups)
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 smoky tempeh strips, such as Lightlife, chopped (1/2 pkg.)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced (1 Tbs.)
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle medium-bodied red wine, such as Syrah or Beaujolais
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups spelt berries


1. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and onions, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until mushrooms brown and most of their juice has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, tempeh cubes, smoky tempeh strips, garlic, and flour, and stir to coat vegetables with flour. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant.

2. Stir in wine and 3 cups water. Add thyme and bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer 1 ½ hours, or until carrots are tender and sauce has thickened.

3. Meanwhile, cook spelt berries in 6 cups water 1 ½ hours, or until soft like rice. Drain.

4. Remove tempeh mixture from heat, and stir in remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve with spelt berries.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 322
  • Carbohydrate Content: 50 g
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 368 mg
  • Sugar Content: 8 g