Hearty Vegetable Stew

    1 hour

    This delicious vegetarian stew is super-easy to make. Leeks, celery, carrots, cabbage, beans and potatoes are simmered together in a seasoned tomato sauce. Enjoy with fresh bread.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 30g butter
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 leeks, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 4 sticks celery, chopped
    • 3 large carrots, chopped
    • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
    • 825g passata
    • 1 (400g) tin black beans
    • 1/2 head Chinese leaf cabbage, cored and finely chopped
    • 4 large potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
    • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the butter in a large pot and cook the onion, leeks and garlic until tender. Mix in celery and carrots. Stir in stock, passata, black beans, cabbage and potatoes. Season with oregano, basil, black pepper, celery salt, cayenne pepper and bay leaves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Top with Parmesan to serve.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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    This one gets better the second or even the third day!  -  18 Aug 2013


    I made this exactly as stated (as I always do with a new recipe before tweaking it). I thought that the herbs would be overpowering but they weren't at all. The problem was all I could taste was pepper! 1 teaspoon was way too much (for me anyway) and spoiled the taste of the veg. I normally season 'to taste' and that is what I should have done here after the stew was cooked.  -  08 Feb 2011


    I made this stew for a family dinner. My son's girlfriends are both vegetarian and I was having beef stew so I made this so they could eat stew also. We served the stews in bread bowls. It was a great hit with the girlfriends and with those of ua who weren't vegetarians! I made it as the directions said and i t was just right. Thank you for the recipe that made me a hit with my sons and their girlfriends!  -  18 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)