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Spring Vegetable Stew with Soft Polenta

Stew is almost a misnomer for this light, brothy dish that makes the most of tender spring vegetables. To easily cut the veggies into long matchsticks, use the 1/4-inch matchstick attachment on the mandoline and hold the veggies diagonally as you slice.



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1 large carrot, sliced into ¼-inch matchsticks
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1 large yellow squash, sliced into ¼-inch matchsticks
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1 large zucchini, sliced into ½-inch matchsticks
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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10 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
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2 large leeks, white and pale green parts sliced into thin rounds
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5 cloves garlic, minced (1 ½ Tbs.)
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½ cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
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1 28-oz. can chopped tomatoes, undrained
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2 14-oz. cans white beans, rinsed and drained
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1 cup polenta


1. Bring 8 cups salted water to a boil, and fill large bowl with 8 cups ice water. Add carrot to boiling water, and simmer 1 minute. Add squash and zucchini, and cook 1 minute more. Drain, and plunge in bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain, and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, and sprinkle with salt. Sauté 10 minutes, or until liquid is released and mushrooms begin to brown. Add leeks and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add olives, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes and white beans. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Whisk together polenta and 4 cups salted water in 2-qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low, and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until thick and porridge-like, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Stir carrots, zucchini, and squash into stew; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve stew on top of polenta.

Nutrition Information: 

10 g
Total Fat: 
7.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1.5 g
44 g
0 mg
896 mg
9 g
8 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Made this for dinner tonight. It was tasty - nothing spectacular, but a nice satisfying meal. I would make again. I added butter to the polenta and topped each serving with a few sprinkles of goat cheese.