Thursday, 4 November 2010

Warming Vegetable Stew



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 courgette
1 red pepper
1 tin butter beans
1 tin green lentils
1 batch of dumplings (optional)

  1. Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil, in a deep pan.
  2. Add the passata, crumble in the stock cube, and heat until it begins to bubble.
  3. Chop the courgettes and peppers into small chunks, and add to the pan.
  4. If you want to make dumplings, do that now while the vegetables are cooking (see last week's dumpling recipe).
  5. Add the butter beans and lentils, and simmer for a few more minutes over a low heat.
  6. Once the vegetables are tender, you can serve with bread (if you're not making dumplings) or add the dumplings and continue to cook.



15 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Warm all over!

Kazzy said...

Was that a 3-chili pepper hot on the label??? Aye, chihuahua!

liliannattel said...

oh yum!

Dedene said...

Where's the paprika from? Is that portuguese on the label?
Looks yummy! I love spicy food.

Louiz said...

Sounds lovely:)

Bibliomama said...

Cool. I mean hot.

Kel said...

Yum! We are having a soup cookoff this weekend. Too bad you can't enter! :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Mmmm...your vegetable stew sounds fantastic! Smoked Paprika is one of my favorite special ingredients to work with in savory dishes, but it's often difficult to find in my area.

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like it would clear my sinuses with some hot flavor--excellent.

Tabor said...

Looks and sounds delicious. Our weather is now cold. I made a ham/bean stew a few days ago. I wonder, if I toasted the paprika, would it taste similar?

JadeLD said...

We have a tin of smoked paprika like that. I got it in Spain and it's really interesting, I love the tin that it comes in, it's also really really strong. We have the very spicy version.

I've tried using it a few times, the taste is quite powerful so only works for some dishes. It's great to read a recipe that uses it because I've been just trying it out as an experiment with varying results.

I'm going to try the dumplings too, I love them but I've never tried to make them before.

Chef E said...

This sounds great. I always add chili powder or paprika to my veggies before roasting them for soup! What a great flavor it adds...

Ginny said...

Hi Rachel! You probably read that I've been laid up with a nasty virus and out of blog world for several days. This stew looks good, and so different from the usual! It looks plenty hot, was it? But what is a courgette? I'm sure it's nothing like a baguette!!

ladyfi said...

Sounds delicious, although I'll have to try that with normal peppers as we can't get the smoked ones over here.

alessandra said...

I put paprika everywhere, but I didn't know this one, thanks for sharing.

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