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


  • 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


  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!



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

  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.)

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