Krystyn Strother

SPEAKER + EDUCATOR + ADVENTURER

Easy + Seasonal Provençal Stew

 
 

I love dishes that are easy and cheap. You don't have to chop your veggies perfect and you can omit the ones that you don't like. This dish is super versatile - feel free to use whatever looks good at the market. I like to roast all of the vegetables on a Sunday afternoon and have them available for use throughout the week. Need more veggies in your breakfast? Put an egg on it and you have yourself a delicious and hearty morning meal.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 onions, halved and cut into half-moons
  • 6 pounds tomatoes, peeled and cut into quarters, seeds discarded (canned is a option too)
  • 2 bell peppers, 1 red 1 yellow - roasted and cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400F. Place eggplant, zucchini, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 tablespoon thyme in a bowl and toss to coat. Place on large rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until golden, about 1 hour

2 Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and onions; cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and pepper; cook until tomatoes are soft, about 7 minutes.

3 Add roasted eggplant and zucchini, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining tablespoon thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in parsley and remining 1/4 cup basil. Cook just until heated through, about 1 minute more.

This dish is great hot or at room temperature. Try it on a bed of rice, polenta or on it's own.

 

NOTES:

How to peel tomatoes

How to roast peppers

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