If you love food as much as I do, and love trying new things, then sampling a new dish or ingredient can be the highlight of a meal.
A couple of weeks ago we visited a friend who served us amazing stew and dumplings, made with a kind of smoked paprika that I'd never tried before. When I commented on the distinctive flavour, she was even kind enough to offer me her spare jar! So a few days later it was time to experiment, and I made this hearty, warming vegetable stew with that same smokey flavour.
Smoked Vegetable Stew Recipe
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
300g tomato passata
1 stock cube
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 red pepper
1 tin butter beans
1 tin green lentils
1 batch of dumplings (optional)
- Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil, in a deep pan.
- Add the passata, crumble in the stock cube, and heat until it begins to bubble.
- Chop the courgettes and peppers into small chunks, and add to the pan.
- If you want to make dumplings, do that now while the vegetables are cooking (see last week's dumpling recipe).
- Add the butter beans and lentils, and simmer for a few more minutes over a low heat.
- Once the vegetables are tender, you can serve with bread (if you're not making dumplings) or add the dumplings and continue to cook.