Butternut squash and chickpea stew
|This vegetarian stew incorporates simple ingredients for power-packed flavor. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)|
Because stew doesn't have to include meat to be delicious.
Though it may be fall, it sure hasn't felt like it just yet. At least here in California. I am still turning on the air conditioner every now and then.
But it's probably cold where you are. If not, it will be. Which is why I am sharing this delicious stew recipe now. It is super easy to make, hearty and delicious.
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/4 cup chopped carrot
- 1/4 cup celery
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
- 1 pound butternut squash, cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
The first thing we are going to create here is what the French refer to as mirepoix. It is 2 part onion, 1 part carrot, and 1 part celery. Add the olive oil to heavy bottomed sauce pot and warm it over a medium heat. Add in the mirepoix and salt. Saute the ingredients until they are aromatic, translucent but not browned.
Add in the minced garlic and reduce the heat, cooking for about a minute.
Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.
Strain out the mirepoix. You can leave it in but it is typically removed. The only con of leaving it in is the texture. These ingredients are going to be much overcooked in comparison.
|This plump, slightly sweet squash makes a great stew ingredient. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)|
Transfer the broth back to the sauce pot and add in the squash. Bring it back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking about 10 minutes.
Rinse and add in the chickpeas, cooking another 5 minutes until the squash is tender and the chickpeas are warmed. Don't let the butternut squash overcook.
Add in the parsley, cover and remove from heat. Enjoy!
|As winter approaches, you'll want this stew in your schedule. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)|