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Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta

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This rich vegetable stew with creamy polenta is the perfect winter vegetarian meal. It’s easy, hearty and filling with amazing Italian flavour. 

Polenta is ranked pretty high on my list of favourite foods. When winter rolls round I’m all about the comfort food and polenta is pretty much the best comfort food you can imagine. 

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It’s been a minute since I shared a polenta recipe on the blog. We seem to go through phases of eating it and then briefly forgetting the pure joy that can come from eating a big bowl of creamy polenta with a spoon in front of the TV before rediscovering it when it’s especially cold and miserable outside.

Recently the weather here has taken a significantly miserable turn with a lot of rain and darkness by 3pm so I’m extra eager for something warming and polenta fits the bill perfectly especially when it’s topped with a rich tomato and vegetable stew like this.

This dish kind of reminds me of my chicken burrito bowls with polenta from way back even though this vegetable stew has more of an Italian flavour than Mexican. But still it’s something about that rich tomato based sauce that just works perfectly with cheesy polenta.

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Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta Ingredients:

To make this vegetable stew with polenta all you need is:

  • Vegetables: I used onion, carrot, courgette and mushrooms and it made a really hearty stew but you could add in any vegetables you like
  • Herbs: I just added in a couple of sprigs of thyme to this stew and it added so much flavour but rosemary would also be delicious if you prefer
  • Red Wine: I like to keep a bottle of cheap-ish red wine on hand ready for any recipes that can benefit from a little booze, use whatever you have open!
  • Polenta: I use fine polenta because it cooks super quickly and has a perfectly smooth texture
  • Cheese: I like to stir plenty of cheddar through my polenta because, let’s be honest, polenta can be a little bland without a good helping of cheese and then everything gets topped with a sprinkling of parmesan 💛

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Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta Instructions:

To make this comforting vegetable stew with polenta simply:

  1. Make the stew: Heat the oil and add the onion and carrot followed by the garlic, courgette and mushrooms. Cook for 5-10 minutes until softened then add the tomatoes, red wine and thyme and bring to a simmer.
  2. Make the polenta: Bring the milk and vegetable stock to a boil in a large saucepan then add the polenta and whisk until fully combined and cook for 10 minutes. Add the butter and grated cheddar and serve topped with the stew.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta Variations:

  • Use different vegetables: I used onion, carrots, courgette and mushrooms but any vegetables should work well so throw in whatever you’ve got on hand
  • Try different herbs: I added a few sprigs of thyme to the stew but it would work with any other options. A sprig or two of rosemary would be lovely or some fresh parsley stirred through just before serving
  • Make it vegan: The vegetable stew is vegan so if you want the whole meal to be vegan then simply serve with something else. It would be great with pasta or any grain you like

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Is vegetable stew good for you?

This vegetable stew is pretty healthy, there’s loads of different vegetables in there which are so good for you. If you want to make it lighter then try serving it with something other than the polenta or cut back on the cheese a little.

Can you freeze vegetable stew?

You can definitely freeze this stew, just follow the directions and once it’s cooked leave it to cool and transfer to containers and freeze. When you’re ready to eat defrost thoroughly and reheat over a medium heat or in the microwave.

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Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta

This rich vegetable stew with creamy polenta is the perfect winter vegetarian meal. It's easy, hearty and filling with amazing Italian flavour.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Carrots chopped
  • 1 Courgette chopped
  • 250 g Mushrooms chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 200 ml Red Wine
  • Parmesan to serve
  • 150 g Fine Polenta
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 500 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 60 g Butter
  • 50 g Cheddar grated

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over a medium high heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for a couple of minutes then add the garlic, courgette and mushrooms. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until everything is softened then add the chopped tomatoes, red wine and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Bring the milk and vegetable stock to a boil and slowly pour in the polenta whisking constantly. Lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes then add the butter and cheddar and stir until melted. Serve the polenta topped with the stew.
Nutrition Facts
Rich Vegetable Stew with Creamy Polenta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 599 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 918mg 38%
Potassium 966mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 15g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 126.2%
Vitamin C 30.6%
Calcium 30.8%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannii
    04/12/2018 at 1:03 PM

    I’m a recent convert to polenta, so I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it. This looks perfect.

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/12/2018 at 8:42 PM

      Thanks Dannii!

  • Reply
    Cliona Keane
    04/12/2018 at 1:16 PM

    This makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside just looking at it! It just looks like it has so much flavour!

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/12/2018 at 8:42 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Sharon Chen
    04/12/2018 at 1:35 PM

    This creamy stew is perfect for the cold weather. Looks really delish!

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/12/2018 at 8:42 PM

      Thanks Sharon!

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    04/12/2018 at 1:44 PM

    This is a first poletna recipe that I have seen till now and I thank you for posting this recipe. Polenta can be a healthy meal and great for vegetarians.

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/12/2018 at 8:41 PM

      It’s one of my favourite foods!

  • Reply
    Julia
    04/12/2018 at 2:45 PM

    The last time I ate polenta was when visiting Italy a few years back! Must try make it with this delicious looking stew :).

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/12/2018 at 8:41 PM

      Thanks Julia!

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