Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stew is a hearty and comforting recipe made with a variety of vegetables cooked in a flavorful broth! It is a healthy and versatile meal. Great for the colder weather, family dinners, meal prep, and leftovers!
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Vegetable stew is a classic comfort food that can be made with a variety of fresh and seasonal vegetables! The vegetables are simmered to perfection, resulting in a hearty and flavorful meal. This hearty stew is chunky, filling, and tasty. It is loaded with nutritious ingredients and delicious flavors!

Vegetable stew.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Here are just a few reasons why you will love this vegetable stew recipe.

  • It is easy to make and requires only simple ingredients.
  • This vegetable soup is healthy and nutritious. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • This easy stew recipe is versatile and can be customized to your liking with different vegetables, herbs, and spices.
  • It is affordable and a great way to use up leftover vegetables.
  • This veggie stew is delicious and comforting, perfect for a cold day.
  • We love making this on a Sunday for dinner and eating leftovers all week long.
  • This stew is vegan and vegetarian, but feel free to add in your choice of protein. Chicken, beef, steak, and bacon all work well.
  • This recipe is naturally Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, vegetarian, and sugar-free.
  • Check out this Lentil Sweet Potato Stew for another hearty dinner recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

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Olive oil helps cook the veggies and garlic. Feel free to use avocado oil instead.

Onion, carrots, celery, bell peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash add flavor, freshness, and nutrients. Feel free to customize this stew recipe and add in different veggies.

Garlic cloves add a delicious garlicky flavor.

Diced tomatoes add moisture. Add in the juices from the can as well.

Vegetable broth is the base of this stew. If you are not vegan, feel free to use chicken broth or beef broth.

Add flavor with thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

In addition, green beans and spinach add color and flavor. Feel free to use kale instead.

Lastly, garnish with fresh herbs. We love fresh parsley and basil.

Ingredients for vegetable stew.

Taste & Texture

This vegetable stew is rich and flavorful. It has a naturally slightly sweet and savory taste.

The vegetables are cooked until tender but still retain a bit of their bite.

Overall, this veggie stew is hearty, fresh, and delicious!

How to Make

Step 1

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes until it becomes translucent.

Step 2

Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds until fragrant.

Chopped onion in oil.

Step 3

Stir in the diced carrots, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften.

Peppers and green onions.

Step 4

Add the diced potatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash to the pot. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Diced cubed veggies.

Step 5

Pour in the diced tomatoes (with their juice), vegetable broth, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.

Soup with veggies.

Step 6

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes and other vegetables are tender.

Step 7

Add the frozen peas, green beans, and chopped spinach or kale to the pot. Simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until these greens are cooked and the stew is heated through.

Colorful vegetable soup.

Step 8

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.

Step 9

Ladle the healthy vegetable stew into bowls, garnish with fresh basil, and serve hot.

Bowls of vegetable stew.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best vegetable stew.

Use a variety of vegetables for the best flavor and texture.

Cut the vegetables into uniform pieces so they cook evenly.

Don’t overcrowd the pot when browning the vegetables. Cook them in batches if necessary.

Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Let the stew simmer for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

This vegetable stew recipe is very versatile and can be customized to your liking. Here are a few ideas for flavor variations and add-ins.

Add different herbs and spices, such as curry powder, chili powder, or dried oregano.

Add a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar to the broth for added depth of flavor.

Add a dollop of pesto or yogurt to each serving for extra creaminess and flavor.

Add cooked beans or lentils to the stew for a boost of protein.

Add cooked grains, such as quinoa or brown rice, to the stew for a hearty and satisfying meal.

Ladle of veggie soup.

How to Serve & Store

Vegetable stew can be served on its own or with a side of crusty whole wheat bread, brown rice, or quinoa.

Great for a holiday dish, potluck, or gathering.

Vegetable stew can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat, simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator or heat on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen vegetables?

Absolutely! Frozen vegetables are a convenient and viable option, especially when certain produce is out of season.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Vegetable stew is inherently gluten-free, but always check the labels of store-bought broths or any added sauces to ensure they meet your dietary needs.

How can I thicken my stew?

If you prefer a thicker consistency, consider blending a portion of the cooked vegetables and broth before reintegrating them into the stew, or use a gluten-free thickening agent like cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

What vegetables are good in stew?

Hearty root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes are good in stew.

What is the difference between vegetable soup and vegetable stew?

Vegetable soup is a liquid-based dish with vegetables, while vegetable stew is a thicker dish with larger chunks of vegetables. In other words, vegetable soup has more liquid than vegetable stew.

Equipment Needed

Large Nonstick Skillet: This big nonstick pan is large enough for this healthy stew recipe.

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