Saturday, October 26, 2013

On My Hearth: Italian-Style Vegetable Stew

For some reason, the refrigerator in our RV keeps things super-cold, to the point of nearly freezing. This is great for some items (wine & beer come to mind) but not so good for fresh vegetables!  To prevent them from thawing and turning to mush, I cleaned out the little produce drawers and, inspired by Robin Robertson's recipe, came up with an Italian-Style Vegetable Stew.  This was perfect for last night's dinner, then this morning I put the leftovers back into the crock-pot, turned on Low and let it warm up while we were driving.  When lunchtime rolled around, we found a rest area, pulled in and enjoyed a hot bowl of soup and a sandwich.  Yum! This beats fast food any day.

I don't have exact measurements since I was basically just chopping and tossing, but here's a general idea of what went into the crock:
 

 

Slowcooker Italian-Style Vegetable Stew


Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or the equivalent of basil, oregano, etc)
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 celery ribbed, chopped
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium potato, diced 
  • 28-ounces can whole plum tomatoes and their juices, squeezed through fingers to break apart (diced tomatoes would also work)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker, cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours
  2. Taste, adjust seasonings, remove bay leaves.
  3. Serve with fresh crusty bread, enjoy!

You could add a bit of small-shaped cooked pasta at the end, or some leftover spinach, kale, etc. if desired.

We're on the road, should be in Cherokee, NC soon!

Michele~

4 comments:

  1. Your stew looks wonderful. Enjoy Cherokee, NC!

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  2. Sounds so good! I like Parmesan cheese on top of that type of soup. (Though, you probably don't eat that, but I do.)

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    1. Marion, actually they make some really good vegan cheese! :)

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