Summer Veggie Stew

Summer Veggie Stew

I almost hate calling this a stew because it doesn’t really do it justice. There’s no liquid added, so any sauce that develops comes out of the veggies, melding together and caramelizing in the pan to make a wonderfully hardy “stew”.

Its great on pasta, but I think it’s even better scooped up with soft flatbreads like a pita or naan.

In the pan

For this batch I used some incredibly tender young summer squash along with sweet grape tomatoes, spring onions and fresh peas, but you could really use just about any mix of just-picked farmers market produce. For the seasoning I went with a home made Herbes de Provence mixture of fresh rosemary, lavender, sage and bay leaves, but it’s also great with sumac, lemon rind, and harissa.

While I included measurements below, they’re just guidelines. The idea here is to get the fewest pans, plates and utensils dirty, so do what feels right, taste it then adjust the seasonings until you’re happy.

2 Tbs high quality olive oil
2-3 spring onion bulbs sliced into rings
2 squash (I used zucchini and yellow squash) cut into 1/3″ disks
1 pt grape tomatoes cut in half
1 tsp fresh rosemary minced
1/2 tsp fresh sage minced
1/4 tsp dried lavender
1 bay leaf
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/2 C fresh peas

Put the oil in a pan and add the onions. Saute until soft and just starting to brown.

Add all the ingredients except the peas. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and the squash is soft and juicy about 20 minutes.

Add the peas in about 5 minutes before serving. Check one last time for salt adding more if needed and serve over pasta or with bread.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That vegetable stew sounds nice and healthy and tasty.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    That vegetable stew sounds nice and healthy and tasty.

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Oh, you’ve peeked my interest here…this looks so wonderful. I love it! Really easy to make to.

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Oh, you’ve peeked my interest here…this looks so wonderful. I love it! Really easy to make to.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    This looks so good. I suppose you couldn’t quite call it a variation on ratatouille – one of my favourite summer recipes. It looks great though, and so colourful!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    This looks so good. I suppose you couldn’t quite call it a variation on ratatouille – one of my favourite summer recipes. It looks great though, and so colourful!

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ syrie

    Looks great, kind of like a tagine without the lid.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ syrie

    Looks great, kind of like a tagine without the lid.

  • http://mamastaverna.com/ Lulu Barbarian

    Oh, I love it! For two reasons: (1)no bell peppers and (2)lavender. Totally unique!

  • http://mamastaverna.com/ Lulu Barbarian

    Oh, I love it! For two reasons: (1)no bell peppers and (2)lavender. Totally unique!

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com/ grace

    i say, my good man–nice use of super summer veggies. what a perfect dish.

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com grace

    i say, my good man–nice use of super summer veggies. what a perfect dish.

  • http://scalloped-edge.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    What a great way to use summer produce! (And I’m with Lulu, the lack of bell peppers is a plus for me too. :)) I can imagine adding a splash of cream to this at the end before tossing with pasta for a richer dish… mmmmm.

  • http://scalloped-edge.blogspot.com Joanna

    What a great way to use summer produce! (And I’m with Lulu, the lack of bell peppers is a plus for me too. :)) I can imagine adding a splash of cream to this at the end before tossing with pasta for a richer dish… mmmmm.

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