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The Best Gluten-Free Italian Vegetable Stew Recipe

by Elyse the Gluten-Free Foodee
Gluten-Free Italian Vegetable Stew

There is nothing better than being able to use seasonal produce, or the bounty of your own garden, to make a delcious meal. I love using the produce I have on hand or have grown to make an amazing vegetable stew like this gluten-free Italian Vegetable Stew recipe.

This gluten-free Italian vegetable stew recipe is a take on a family recipe. However, it is the kind of recipe that everyone has their own take on. Some add roasted eggplant, peppers, or even potatoes. This is a vegetarian recipe, but it can easily be made vegan if you omit the cheese or use vegan cheese. If you are vegan and want to add protein to the stew you could use roasted and sliced vegan sausage or even beans. As you can see the options for customizing this recipe are endless especially in the summer months when produce is plentiful (and generally cheaper).

Making stew can be labour intensive, so it makes sense to batch cook this recipe. If you make one large batch you can portion it off into containers and freeze them. By freezing this gluten-free Italian vegetable stew recipe, you have a nutritious and quick meal (or side dish) at the ready so you won’t need to order in.

Now let’s get cooking. 

Gluten-Free Italian Vegetable Stew

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs zucchini chopped
  • 2 lbs green beans 
  • 1 lbs onions 
  • 28 once tin of whole Tomatoes 
  • 1 lb Potatoes (optional)
  • 24 once bottle of tomato passata 
  • 1 rind of Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Granulated onion 
  • Granulated garlic
  • Fresh basil or basil paste 
  • Hot Chilli Peppers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry your zucchini. Then cut into quarters and slice into 1/4 inch pieces. 
  2. Wash, dry green beans. Cut them into thirds. 
  3. Roughly chop onions into 1/4 inch pieces. 
  4. Wash and peel potatoes, cut into the same 1/4 inch chunks- optional. 
  5. Open a can of whole tomatoes and crush the tomatoes by hand. 
  6. In a large pot on medium heat pour in the crushed tomatoes.
  7. To the tomatoes add in the onions, beans, and potatoes (if you are using them). Allow this to simmer for 30 minutes stirring well every few minutes. 
  8. Add in the zucchini and the cheese rind, stir well. 
  9. Once the zucchini is in, add in enough passata that everything is covered well in the pot. 
  10. Season with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic to taste. This is where you can add hot chilli peppers if you like. 
  11. With the lid askew, let simmer on medium for 1 hr. 
  12. Towards the end add in your fresh basil or basil paste. You can find out how to make basil paste here
  13. The stew needs to cook a minimum of 2 hrs. 

TIPS

  • If stew is too thick add in some water. 
  • If you have passata left and it doesn’t seem saucy enough add in the rest of the passata. 
  • If it appears too thin add in a few tablespoons of tomato paste. 
  • Add spinach, eggplant, or even peppers to this stew if you like.
  • Add potatoes to make it a more hearty stew.
  • You can serve this vegetable stew over pasta or rice or with crusty plain or garlic bread on the side.
  • If you want to add meat to the stew use a good quality Italian pork sausage. You need to roast the sausage in the oven for an hour at 350°.  I prefer a mild fennel sausage, but you can you that sausage of your choice.  Take the sausage out of the oven and let cool. Then slice into 1/4 inch coins. Add in to the stew after the zucchini and allow it to cook for a minimum of 30-40 minutes. This allows the pork to absorb some of the tomato sauce and it makes the sausage, soft and delicious. 
  • This Italian vegetable stew freezes really well for up to four months in an airtight container. 

This is a crowd pleasing dish that uses seasonal produce and can easily be adapted to your diet. 

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Italian Vegetable Stew

Gluten-Free Italian Vegetable Stew

Print Recipe/Tips
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs zucchini chopped
  • 2 lbs green beans 
  • 1 lbs onions 
  • 28 once tin of whole Tomatoes 
  • 1 lb Potatoes (optional)
  • 24 once bottle of tomato passata 
  • 1 rind of Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Granulated onion 
  • Granulated garlic
  • Fresh basil or basil paste 
  • Hot Chilli Peppers (optional)

Instructions

  • Wash and dry your zucchini. Then cut into quarters and slice into 1/4 inch pieces. 
  • Wash, dry green beans. Cut them into thirds. 
  • Roughly chop onions into 1/4 inch pieces. 
  • Wash and peel potatoes, cut into the same 1/4 inch chunks- optional. 
  • Open a can of whole tomatoes and crush the tomatoes by hand. 
  • In a large pot on medium heat pour in the crushed tomatoes.
  • To the tomatoes add in the onions, beans, and potatoes (if you are using them). Allow this to simmer for 30 minutes stirring well every few minutes. 
  • Add in the zucchini and the cheese rind, stir well. 
  • Once the zucchini is in, add in enough passata that everything is covered well in the pot. 
  • Season with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic to taste. This is where you can add hot chilli peppers if you like.
  • With the lid askew, let simmer on medium for 1 hr. 
  • Towards the end add in your fresh basil or basil paste. You can find out how to make basil paste by reading our blog post on it. 
  • The stew needs to cook a minimum of 2 hrs. 

NOTES/TIPS

If stew is too thick add in some water. If you have passata left and it doesn’t seem saucy enough add in the rest of the passata. If it appears too thin add in a few tablespoons of tomato paste. Add spinach, eggplant, or even peppers to this stew if you like. Add potatoes to make it a more hearty stew. You can serve this vegetable stew over pasta or rice or with crusty plain or garlic bread on the side. If you want to add meat to the stew use a good quality Italian pork sausage. You need to roast the sausage in the oven for an hour at 350°. I prefer a mild fennel sausage, but you can you that sausage of your choice. Take the sausage out of the oven and let cool. Then slice into 1/4 inch coins. Add in to the stew after the zucchini and allow it to cook for a minimum of 30-40 minutes. This allows the pork to absorb some of the tomato sauce and it makes the sausage, soft and delicious. This Italian vegetable stew freezes really well for up to four months in an airtight container.

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